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Time to Revise Japan’s Outdated Nationality ActTanno Kiyoto

The nationality law that Japan adopted in the nineteenth century, based on Western models, was progressive by contemporary standards. A new Nationality Act was adopted in 1950, and it has since been amended to provide complete gender equality. But Japan still does not accept dual nationality, which is now commonly allowed by other countries. The provisions should be updated in line with today’s international standards.
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International Marriages in Japan Decline from 2006 Peak

International marriages peaked in 2006, but have declined considerably since then. Especially prominent is the massive drop in unions between Japanese husbands and Filipina wives.
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Almost Half of Refugee Status Seekers in Japan in Their Twenties (News)

Tokyo, March 23 (Jiji Press)—Nearly half of foreigners who applied for refugee status in Japan in 2017 were in their twenties, the Justice Ministry said Friday. The number of applicants came to 19,629, up 8,728 from the previous year and up 1 from the preliminary figure released in February, the ministry said. Of the total, men and women in their twenties accounted for 48% and 46%, respectiv…
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Applications for Refugee Status in Japan Soar 80% in 2017 (News)

Tokyo, Feb. 13 (Jiji Press)—The number of foreigners who applied for refugee status in Japan in 2017 came to a record 19,628, up about 80% from the previous year, the Justice Ministry said in a preliminary report on Tuesday. Only 20 of them saw their refugee applications accepted, as the ministry believes that most of the applicants simply wanted to work in Japan. The ministry used to allow …
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Japan to Allow Fourth-Generation Japanese Immigrants to Work (News)

Tokyo, Jan. 22 (Jiji Press)—The Justice Ministry said Monday it will solicit public comments on a new residence program allowing fourth-generation Japanese immigrants in South America and elsewhere to work in Japan. Opinions will be accepted from Tuesday through late February, it said. The ministry hopes to launch the new program in late March. The program will allow fourth-generation Jap…
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Japan to Fight Misuse of Refugee Program (News)

Tokyo, Jan. 12 (Jiji Press)—The Justice Ministry said Friday that it will take steps to address a rise in people seeking work in Japan by abusing its refugee protection program. The ministry will not provide work permits to applicants who do not meet the conditions for refugee status in preliminary screenings, starting with applications to be submitted on Monday. At present, the ministry all…
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Number of Vietnamese in Japan’s Training Program Tops 26,000 (News)

Tokyo, Oct. 13 (Jiji Press)—The number of Vietnamese people in Japan's technical intern training program for foreigners stood at 26,437 in January-June this year, becoming the largest group, according to a recent survey by the Immigration Bureau of Japan. Trainees from China were the second largest group by nation, with the figure standing at 16,863, followed by Indonesia, at 4,558, Thailand, a…
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Night Classes Help Foreign Students Adapt to Japanese SchoolsYoshida Norifumi

For many years, night schools provided vital learning opportunities for people who never finished their basic education in the chaos of the postwar years. Today they are meeting a new need as the number of foreign students in Japanese schools increases.
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Easier Permanent Residency for Highly Skilled Foreign Professionals—Is Japan Ready?Himeda Konatsu

The administration of Prime Minister Abe Shinzō has made luring more “highly skilled foreign professionals” to Japan a critical link in its growth strategy. Yet the problems could far outweigh the benefits if more and more immigrants are allowed into Japan before appropriate preparations are put in place.
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5,805 Foreigners Refused Entry to Japan in 2016 (News)

Tokyo, March 24 (Jiji Press)—The number of foreign visitors who were refused entry to Japan in 2016 rose 25.9% from the previous year to 5,805, the Justice Ministry said Friday. The figure surpassed 5,000 for the first time in eight years. By nationality, 1,683 Indonesians were turned away, the largest group, up 86.8% after inflows of visitors from the country surged under a visa waiver prog…
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