Multiculturalism in Japan: Citizenship policy for immigrants

Hideki Tarumoto*

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These questions will undoubtedly turn into core questions of ‘governance in multicultural societies’ after some minor modifications. But, at the same time, an assumption behind the questions seems to be that multicultural issues and events have risen from internal influence within a society independent of external influence from other societies. This chapter focuses on a part of the question (c) to investigate how to govern multicultural societies from a viewpoint of citizenship policy, and extends the analysis to a nation-state outside the Western sphere through a discussion of an Asian country, Japan. To establish and stabilize multicultural societies, citizenship policy by national governments is one of the key public policies. The question taken up in this chapter is how and why the Japanese state has responded to the presence of immigrants and ethnic minorities by citizenship policy.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGovernance In Multicultural Societies
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9781351932578
ISBN (Print)0754637689, 9780754637684
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Jan 1
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)


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