"Searching for Immigrant Nation Japan"
Former Director of the Tokyo Immigration Bureau &
Executive Director of Japan Immigration Policy Institute
Language: The speech and Q & A will be in Japanese with English interpretation
It's a decades-old debate, but also a story as fresh as the headlines: How does the nation heading most rapidly into the era of ageing and population decline deal with the enormous challenge of a shrinking workforce and an expanding budget for senior citizen support? How can Japan square its desire to remain one of the world's powerhouse economies with a demographic reality leading to an inexorable decline?
The most conventional answer would be to open the nation to immigrants from abroad, young and energetic people who could fill out the labour force and add a new dynamism to society. But there is probably no major economy in the world that has been so resistant to this solution as Japan, apparently fearful of the social and cultural changes that such a policy might bring.
Hidenori Sakanaka is known as Japan's "Mr. Immigration," an outspoken voice calling for the nation to get serious about its approach to this issue. With the 2020 Olympics adding an extra level of urgency, the former Director of the Tokyo Immigration Bureau and current Executive Director of the Japan Immigration Policy Institute has a message for the foreign media, which he will reveal at the FCCJ on May 16.
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