The number of “foreign workers” in Japan has jumped to 908,000—a record high—and the government is planning to bring in more on a “temporary basis,” despite rising popular opposition.
The workers are largely from racially assimilable Asian nations such as Korea, and the Japanese government has reiterated its opposition to allowing a mass “refugee” invasion like Europe.
Foreign workers demonstrate in Tokyo.
According to a report in the Japan Times, the number of foreign workers has “nearly doubled over the past eight years, and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s ruling party is considering policies to speed up arrivals.”
The 908,000 foreign workers are still small compared to Japan’s population of 127 million, but, as critics have pointed out, this was exactly how the Third World invasions of European nations started.
Abe has repeatedly said that opening Japan to permanent immigration by unskilled labor isn’t an option.
The Japan Times said this reflects a feeling “among the Japanese that foreign nationals would cause social unrest and erode national identity.”
“In Japan, the word ‘immigrant’ is not used in policymaking,” former economy minister Heizo Takenaka was quoted as saying. “The prime minister often says it’s not immigration, it’s guest workers.”
Another lawmaker, and advisor to Abe, Masahiko Shibayama, was named by the newspaper as “among those testing the boundaries as policymakers seek to meet the needs of a country with a shrinking population.”
Shibayama has “called for a guest-worker program” that would give five-year visas for sectors suffering labor shortages.
Shibayama noted that even the recent tourism boom has raised questions among Japanese about how many foreign residents should be here, the Japan Times added.
“For ordinary people, they see the rapid increase in foreign tourists and they see more foreigners downtown, so it’s not strange that some think, ‘Is it good that it’s increasing this much?’” Shibayama said.
“I think it’s important to establish a culture that accepts foreign workers. However, in the case of Japan, it’ll be totally different from the large number of refugees that went to Europe, so I don’t think public opinion will be split on the issue.”
Currently, Japan follows a strictly regulated immigration policy. As of the end of 2014, there were exactly 2,121,831 foreigners residing in Japan, of whom 677,019 were “long-term non-permanent residents,” that is, those granted visas for a duration of 12 months or more.
The vast majority of these long-term residents are Chinese, Filipinos, and Koreans, with smaller numbers from Thailand, Vietnam, and Taiwan.
The largest number of foreign nationals resident in Japan come from Korea, which is not only genetically the closest to Japan, but also has a substantial Japanese-origin population.
Japan’s opposition to the refugee hoax being perpetrated on Europe can be seen in official statistics. As of December 2015, Japan had 13,831 “asylum applications” under review, but in 2015, a total of 27 such applications were approved.
In 2014, 5000 applications were made and 11 applications were approved. In the 22 year period from 1982 to 2004, a total of 330 applications for asylum were approved, an average of 15 per year.
The Japanese Nationality Act defines citizenship as by the principle of jus sanguinis, that is, by blood rather than place of birth.
The Japan Times reported that the influx of workers “is already being seen on some streets in Tokyo. In the Ikebukuro district, an emerging Chinatown, the Chinese language is heard frequently.”
The Japanese population crisis is not invented. In 2010, the official census showed a population of 128,057,352, but the 2015 figure, released in 2016, revealed that the population had dropped to 127,110,000—a fall of almost one million in just five years.
The reason for the dramatic fall is the age spread of the Japanese population: nearly a third of all Japanese citizens were older than 65 in 2015; and predictions are that this figure will rise to 40 percent by 2050.
Abe is on record as saying that keeping the population of Japan above 100 million is a “priority,” but projections from the Population Division of the U.N. Department of Economic and Social Affairs say that the numbers will drop below 100 million shortly after 2050, and by the end of the century, Japan will have lost 34 percent of its population.
The Japanese government’s own projections are that the population will drop to 109 million people by 2040.