Japan’s New Immigration Policy
- Naohiro Yashiro (Professor of Economics, Showa Women’s University)
Japan’s revised immigration law was enacted on April 1st this year. It is a radical reform by Japanese standards. It aims to attract around 350,000 foreign workers over the next five years to help Japan deal with its rapidly aging population.
The Abe administration was criticized on the grounds that the legislation was vague and too hastily implemented. Also, there is a widespread misunderstanding that Japan finally opened the door to unskilled workers. Nevertheless, the revision of the immigration law has many important implications for Japan and for neighboring countries suffering unemployment.
Professor of Economics, Showa Women’s University
Naohiro Yashiro is a professor of economics at Showa Women’s University and a member of the Government Council of Regulatory Reform. He received his Ph.D in economics from the University of Maryland, and worked in OECD as a head of the Japan and Ireland Desk.