October 08, 2020
How Japan’s Labor Trainee Program Hurts Relations With Vietnam
By Serena Ford
If Japan intends to keep relations warm with Vietnam, the government needs to scrap the long-troubled TITP, which stands accused of enabling labor rights abuses.
January 22, 2020
Is Japan Ready to Welcome Immigrants?
By Mina Pollmann
A recent survey by Japan's Cabinet Office has interesting implications for the push to welcome more foreign workers.
September 09, 2019
To Create an Immigrant-Friendly Japan, Start with Education Reform
By Asia Dobbs
The conformity that is encouraged in Japanese schools shapes a social consciousness that is suspicious of outsiders.
August 23, 2019
The Quiet Desperation of Refugees in Japan
By Sakari Mesimaki
Anger at long-term detention is fueling a hunger strike at the East Japan Immigration Center.
February 21, 2019
Japan’s Immigration Policy: Turned Corner or Cul-De-Sac?
By Arnab Dasgupta
A new immigration reform package still doesn't go far enough to meet Japan's needs.
December 17, 2018
Japan Looks to India’s Growing Tech Talent Pool
By Thisanka Siripala
With competition to recruit IT engineers intensifying, Japan is extending its talent search to emerging economies like India.
February 16, 2018
Japan’s Refugee Applications Exceed 10,000 for the Second Year Running
By Thisanka Siripala
As asylum seeker applications in Japan skyrocket, the government is tightening its notoriously tough refugee policy.
August 07, 2017
Aging Asia: Turning Demographic Weakness to Strength
By Anthony Fensom
Will developing Asia get old before it gets rich?
July 11, 2017
Why Trump Supporters Admire Japan
By Sakari Mesimäki
A pro-Trump Reddit community may show the future for an unembarrassed, nationalistic Japan.
February 24, 2017
Why Japan Can't Criticize Trump's Refugee Ban
By Taisuke Komatsu
Trump's America isn't the only country turning its back on refugees. Japan is just as guilty.
December 21, 2016
Japanese Civil Society Is Helping Support Refugee Entrepreneurs
By Satoko Horii
Japan's government may be reluctant to open borders, but civil society is more welcoming.
October 03, 2016
Why Japan Has No Donald Trump
By Richard Solomon
Unlike the U.S. (Trump) or U.K. (Brexit), Japan lacks a strong, anti-establishment populist movement.