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Deutsches Institut für Japanstudien



Deutsches Institut für Japanstudien
Jochi Kioizaka Bldg. 2F
7-1 Kioicho, Chiyoda-ku
Tokyo 102-0094, Japan
Tel: 03 – 3222 5198, Fax: 03 – 3222 5420


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International Workshop

International Migration in Global Governance: A Japanese Perspective

January 20, 2009

Three per cent of the world population—the equivalent of the entire populations of Indonesia or Brazil—move around the globe. Not only does the number continue to rise, but the impact those migrants have on world economy is proportionally much larger. In the 21st century, while the advanced industrial economies compete with each other to attract highly educated skilled labor, they vary in the extent they seek to attract unskilled workers. Furthermore, each country has its peculiar cultural and historical characteristics which come to bear when considering what sorts of immigrants are deemed suitable or desirable. Japan, faced with population decline, is now in the midst of a political and societal discourse on the desirable levels of immigration and the appropriate means of integration of immigrants. Which direction will Japan’s immigration policy take in the face of demographic change?

This workshop brings together experts in migration studies to discuss the future of Japan’s migration and integration policies.


14.45 – 15.00
welcome address

Florian Coulmas, DIJ
Gabriele Vogt, DIJ

15.00 – 15.30
Three Worlds of Immigration Politics and Activism: Japan, the United States, and Sweden

Apichai Shipper, University of Southern California, Los Angeles

15.30– 16.00
An Open Migration Regime? A Reappraisal of the “Sovereignty” Debate and Recent Japanese Immigration Policy

Midori Okabe, Sophia University, Tokyo

16.00 – 16.45
comments & open floor discussion

Martin Pohl, German Embassy Tokyo

16.45 – 17.15
coffee break

17.15 – 17.45
Migration and Integration Policies in Japan

Takashi Kibe, International Christian University Tokyo

17.45 – 18.15
Migration and the Potential for International Cooperation in East Asia: A Comparative Examination of State Integration Policies in Japan and Korea

Stephen Nagy, Waseda University, Tokyo

18.15 – 19.00
comments & open floor discussion

Glenda Roberts, Waseda University, Tokyo

end of workshop

Related Research Projects

Migration and Integration in Japan

Challenges of Demographic Change