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Hatoyama Wants to Make it Easier For Foreigners to Live in Japan

*packs bags*


Japan’s new Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama on Saturday has stated that because of the aging population and low birth rates, Japan should make itself more attractive to migrants. Now I thought Japan was attractive enough as it is, but Hatoyama states that he can do better.

"I think Japan should also make itself a country attractive to people so that more and more people, including tourists, hope to visit Japan, hope to live and work in Japan. I am not sure if I can call this 'immigration policy', but what's important is to create an environment that is friendly to people all around the world so that they voluntarily live in Japan," As most of you know already, Japan currently doesn’t have the best immigration policy in the world, in fact it probably has the worst. However, the first step to fix any problem is to admit you you do have a problem. With falling birthrates, Japan will disappear as we know it in 50 or so years; unless the Japanese people suddenly start having sex, things are not going to fix themselves. 

My belief is that the only people now who can save Japan are the non-Japanese. But to be more specific, us otaku and weaboos (ok, maybe less weaboos, but you get my point.) Wouldn’t it be better to have a people who already like the culture, rather than those who would move in because they are attracted to things like money? Make me the Master of Immigration Japan, and I can fix this problem for you!

[Via Yahoo News]
John_Martoneon Nov. 16, 2009 at 1:29 p.m.
Oh man, Japan "wanting" immigrants. Now I feel like I've seen everything.
 
I like the part where he told Japan to go out and FornicateUnderCommandofthePrimeMinster. Not as catchy as F.U.C.K. though.
king_mon Nov. 16, 2009 at 1:49 p.m.
hey otakus you know those animes you like so much? Over here in japan they are on tv all day normally.
Also we have stores that are like 10 floors of manga and anime. So what do you say wanna come over and make some babies.........like now
JJOR64on Nov. 16, 2009 at 1:53 p.m.
JAPAN, HERE I COME!!!!!!!!!!!
Kelleth moderator on Nov. 16, 2009 at 1:56 p.m.
@king_m said:
" hey otakus you know those animes you like so much? Over here in japan they are on tv all day normally. Also we have stores that are like 10 floors of manga and anime. So what do you say wanna come over and make some babies.........like now "
That`s like god not only opening the heavens to you and giving you all the secrets and pleasures of the universe but also a beer XD
<----already packed
giaon Nov. 16, 2009 at 3:41 p.m.
@John_Martone: I know, seriously @_@;; Then again, it'll remain to be seen whether anything actually *changes* or not. ;)
 
@king_m: Most of them are actually on really late at night. DVR, please!
ThePsychoGameron Nov. 16, 2009 at 4:28 p.m.
I do hope to one day do some work in japan, but it won't be anime related, and i probably won't live there for very long if it douse happen. maybe they should try and have more of an American style sex ed program, since ours is working so well in getting teens pregnant, come to think of it, maybe we should take a few pages from there book
Konandaon Nov. 16, 2009 at 5:06 p.m.

Before everyone gets super excited I have the feeling he's talking more about other East Asian countries i.e. Korea, China, Vietnam, Taiwan, Mongolia, and Russia. (Siberia in particular)

Although unless with part of the policy changes including the pro-family policies certain things are addressed besides the archaic immigration system and the whole ARC card thing. The top two being federal reform on working hours in Japan (and the cultural view on work) to make it so people can have more time to enjoy life with friends and family instead of just constantly working leaving them without any energy left for leisure activities or worse yet death from overwork (Karōshi) and reform of property ownership and use so the problem of outrageous practices with landlords adding all kinds of fees and heaping most of the responsibilities of maintenance of the property on the renter due to having laws that were popular in the feudal era but have no place in a modern developed society. I doubt they will find many people that will move to Japan and stay without committing suicide (second highest in OECD member nations right after South Korea, which also has among the highest average hours of work per year in the world) or moving to another country.

This all adds up, while we romanticize Japan as this wonderful happy and awesome country the truth is despite many Japanese being proud to be a citizen of Japan. Many Japanese people aren't that happy or satisfied with life (see that suicide rate) and statistically speaking are among the lowest in terms of life satisfaction of the developed nations. (Example http://www.nationmaster.com/graph/lif_lif_sat-lifestyle-life-satisfaction)

The other major point the Japanese government has cut out for them is having the Japanese people accept immigrants in society being that most are xenophobic a problem that the Japanese media is more than happy to continue to feed with major headlines whenever a crime is committed by a foreign born person in Japan. The Yamamoto people (the vast majority of native the native population) even discrimination against the Ainu or Ryukyuan who are both indigenous minorities of Japan (Hokkaidō island and Okinawa prefecture respectively)

I know personally once I'm out of university I want to visit Japan for sure but have no desire to go live or work there and it would take a very huge change in policy and cultural attitude to immigration before I would even consider it and even than it would take a strong force to make me consider leaving Canada be it for any nation (although I will admit it would be easier to convince me to move to Japan, Australia, U.K., France, Germany, Sweden, Norway or Denmark than the other nations of the world)

Anyway if Japan keeps going down the robot path maybe they won't need to deal with this. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cxPGnWiLFfo 25 minute Documentary on Japan's population crisis and three possible solutions to the problem including the integration of massive numbers of robots)

Sorry for any bubbles I burst INB4 flames.    

GodLen staff on Nov. 16, 2009 at 5:19 p.m.
@Konanda: You convinced me, I'm moving to Switzerland 
Konandaon Nov. 16, 2009 at 6:43 p.m.
@GodLen:
Lol nice.
Agent_Loston Nov. 16, 2009 at 6:45 p.m.
I like to visit Japan one day but live there, absolutely not.
ThePsychoGameron Nov. 16, 2009 at 6:58 p.m.
@Konanda: I'm sure every one can make a long list of problems with there country, the reason a lot of people i know want to move from America is because we know just how bad our empire is (yes america Is an empire). that list won't persuade me from going to japan, and considering the nature of my dream, i probably will have to live over there. (Though chances are those dreams will never come true, reality is i'll probably complete collage and get a boring job that i'll hate)
Konandaon Nov. 16, 2009 at 7:41 p.m.
@ThePsychoGamer: 
It isn't meant to persuade you or anyone for that manner. It's merely a collection of critiques of how life is in Japan to help show something closer to what it really is like and not a romanticized view of the nation. These are based on observation by others that I have read, (for instance one of these observations was from earlier this year when former EGM Editor in Chief James Mielke chronicled his journey of just getting to Japan and finding a residence after getting a job as a producer at Q Entertainment http://www.1up.com/do/blogEntry?publicUserId=4549175&bId=8998376) reports and documentaries I have seen on life in Japan and statistics. Whether you want to read these critiques is up to you it could be beneficial so you know what you would be getting in to should you decide to pursue citizenship in Japan. A statement at the beginning is also made that states I'm fairly sure that the Prime Minister Yukino is talking more specifically about East Asia as in other statements he has been very supportive of East Asia and in terms of foreigners in Japan most of them are East Asian particularly China and Korea. (With the exception of American military bases in Japan that the current PM is trying to have removed.) 
       
This is coupled with a personal opinion of my own about my desire to visit Japan at least once although probably multiple times but not to live there partly because I love the country I've grown up in despite it's faults and partly because of problems in there in terms of culturally engrained views, laws, business practices and statistics that I object to. (If I was going to make a list it of Japan's problems it would be much longer these are the main ones that are particularly relevant to someone wanting to immigrate to Japan)  
 
The last quip was a remark about the popularity of robotics in Japan and a segue to reference a documentary on Japan's population crisis.
     
My goal was to inspire discussion on Japan beyond just fanboyism I realise this isn't probably the best medium for such a discussion but I was interested to see other people's opinions on the points I provided.
ThePsychoGameron Nov. 16, 2009 at 7:55 p.m.
@Konanda: I proabably wouldn't try for citizenship, most likely i would only go there on business to oversee the making of the japanese branch of the company i hope to build
cfatalison Nov. 16, 2009 at 7:57 p.m.
meh had my citizenship before this
Konandaon Nov. 16, 2009 at 8:03 p.m.
@ThePsychoGamer said:

" @Konanda: I proabably wouldn't try for citizenship, most likely i would only go there on business to oversee the making of the japanese branch of the company i hope to build "

Cool. I hope you are sucessful with your business ventures whatever they may be.
cfatalison Nov. 16, 2009 at 8:12 p.m.
@Konanda said:
" @ThePsychoGamer said:

" @Konanda: I proabably wouldn't try for citizenship, most likely i would only go there on business to oversee the making of the japanese branch of the company i hope to build "

Cool. I hope you are sucessful with your business ventures whatever they may be. "
chikan business
Konandaon Nov. 16, 2009 at 8:16 p.m.
@cfatalis said:
" @Konanda said:
" @ThePsychoGamer said:

" @Konanda: I proabably wouldn't try for citizenship, most likely i would only go there on business to oversee the making of the japanese branch of the company i hope to build "

Cool. I hope you are sucessful with your business ventures whatever they may be. "
chikan business "

How can one make a business around frotteurism or are you talking about the Indian embroidery style?
cfatalison Nov. 16, 2009 at 8:36 p.m.
@Konanda said:
" @cfatalis said:
" @Konanda said:
" @ThePsychoGamer said:

" @Konanda: I proabably wouldn't try for citizenship, most likely i would only go there on business to oversee the making of the japanese branch of the company i hope to build "

Cool. I hope you are sucessful with your business ventures whatever they may be. "
chikan business "
How can one make a business around frotteurism or are you talking about the Indian embroidery style? "
you can......., there are a whole business based on getting stepped on in japan, why not groping people, you could make legal chikan booth or something like that
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