A New Epoch of Immigration for Japan: Directional Shift in Civic Organizational Support for Newcomer Settlement

  • Tetsuo Mizukami
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In the contemporary world various metropolitan centres, whether in highly industrialized countries or newly industrializing economies, are now readily absorbing sub-populations of foreign residential minorities. Japanese urban communities have naturally been involved in the globalization of human mobility, especially since the mid-1980s, and this can be seen in the increasing ethnic diversity of the large population centres, particularly in some inner-city areas. The major streams of newly arrived foreigners have been from neighbouring Asian countries, but since the early 1990s, another stream has come to the fore - those of Japanese descent from Central and South America. In Japan, the feasibility of Japanese and non-Japanese people “living together” has been widely disputed and the massive inflow of foreigners into urban communities since the late-1980s has provided much fuel for debate. When compared with Western Europe, North America, and Australia, the proportion of...


Migrant Worker Foreign Worker Liberal Democratic Party Special Permission Civic Organization 
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Special thanks and appreciation is due to Mr. Katsuo Yoshinari, a former representative and advisor for the APFS, and Mr. Tomoyuki Yamaguchi, an APFS representative, for their support in offering invaluable information for this article.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.College of Sociology, Rikkyo UniversityTokyoJapan

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