Foreign migrants in contemporary Japan /
Hiroshi Komai ; translated by Jens Wilkinson.
Melbourne : Trans Pacific Press ; Portland, Oregon : International Specialized Book Services [Distributor], 2001.
xiv, 230 p. : maps ; 22 cm.
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Melbourne : Trans Pacific Press ; Portland, Oregon : International Specialized Book Services [Distributor], 2001.
language note
English translation of the original Japanese.
catalogue key
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Hiroshi Komai is Professor of Sociology in the Institute of Social Sciences at the University of Tsukuba, Japan.
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 2002-01-01:
The 1.8 million migrant workers in Japan share the same fate as their brethren everywhere. Recruited mainly from Asian countries, migrant workers are concentrated in low-end service jobs that many Japanese do not want--as construction laborers, factory workers, bartenders, waitresses, cooks, dishwashers, porters, hosts, hostesses, and entertainers (which often includes prostitution.) They generate no meaningful socioeconomic impact on Japan, which has denied them equal protection of the law, medical benefits, comparable wages, and adequate housing. Local governments and community groups have done a better job of accommodating migrant workers. What Komai (Tsukuba Univ.) does not say is perhaps more important than what he does state. One-third of the migrant workers in Japan are "old-comers" who are already firmly rooted in Japan. Japan's exclusionary policy has made it virtually impossible for these "old-comers" to become naturalized citizens. Japan's concept of a homogeneous nation did not emerge after WW II, as Komai maintains. Kokutai (national polity), firmly established in 19th-century Japan, fueled Japan's ethnocentrism and egocentrism long before the war. Should be read in conjunction with Yoko Sellek's Migrant Labour in Japan (CH, Jul'01). Fifty-five pages of notes, three maps, and 15 statistical tables (though no Japanese glossary) make this title useful at all levels. H. T. Wong Eastern Washington University
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Bowker Data Service Summary
Komai draws on recent research to review the contemporary situation of foreign migrants in Japan and to set forth policy recommendations.
Main Description
This book overviews the present situation of foreign migrants in Japan, based on the latest and most comprehensive available data, and presents necessary policy recommendations. Special attention is given to workers under the economic recession, along with the condition of non-workers such as pseudo-exiles, self-actualization seekers and marriage/family oriented people. The study presents an analysis of deprivation and discrimination against migrants and examines human rights violations in areas including subsistence, residence, liberty and freedom, social life, culture and political participation. Hiroshi Komai, a foremost scholar in the studies of foreign residents in Japan, demonstrates the progress of settlement and the formation of ethnic communities. Examining the potential of migrants to transform Japanese structures, he proposes a policy to give migrants degrees of citizenship corresponding to the extent to which they have settled.
Unpaid Annotation
This study is based on the most comprehensive data currently available on the topic.
Table of Contents
Preface to the English Editionp. vii
Prefacep. ix
Introduction: Hateful Peoples, Liberated Peoplesp. 1
The History and Overall Situation of Migrationp. 9
Migrant Workers Under the Economic Recessionp. 34
The Emergence of Non-Working Immigrantsp. 50
Settlement and the Formation of Ethnic Communitiesp. 65
The Human Rights of Immigrantsp. 93
The Role of Local Governments and NGOsp. 118
Foreigners Will Change Japanese Societyp. 141
A Proposal for a Phasing-in of Civil Rightsp. 157
Notesp. 168
Indexp. 223
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