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IJSSH 2020 Vol.10(3): 87-91 ISSN: 2010-3646
doi: 10.18178/ijssh.2020.V10.1020

A Structural Examination of Unskilled Foreign Labor Acceptance in Japan

Rong Zhang

Abstract—Due to the rapid decline in the birthrate, Japan has become one of the most aged society in the world. Its economic situation has been significantly affected by this demographic change. In order to sustain economic dynamics and boost domestic growth, Japan rectified its immigration policy in April 2019 and started to issue working visas to those who are involved in low-skilled work. The government hopes to attract more than 345,000 foreign laborers to nursing, shipbuilding, lodging as well as construction and agricultural industries in the coming five years. Therefore, the number of foreigners within the border of Japan is experiencing sharp increase. However, since Japan boasts of its own tradition and places high priority on its cultural identity, it remains questionable whether it is well-prepared as a hosting country for this large-scale population flow. Japan shows strong resistance towards foreign cultures. Intercultural communication education should be enhanced to strengthen Japanese residents’ intercultural awareness, and improve their intercultural communication competence as well. More efforts are needed in this aspect to embrace diversity if Japan wants to find solutions to its social problems by accepting more foreign workers.

Index Terms—Foreign workers, intercultural communication education, Globalization, Japan.

Rong Zhang is with Ninishippon Institute of Technology, 1-2-11, Muromachi, Kokurakita, Kitakyushu, Fukuoka, Japan (e-mail: zhang@ nishitech.ac.jp).


Cite: Rong Zhang, "A Structural Examination of Unskilled Foreign Labor Acceptance in Japan," International Journal of Social Science and Humanity vol. 10, no. 3, pp. 87-91, 2020.

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