Japan and Global Migration: Foreign Workers and the Advent of a Multicultural Society
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328pp. March 2003
Japan and Global Migration: Foreign Workers and the Advent of a Multicultural Society
Editor: Douglass, Mike; Roberts, Glenda S.;
The global age of migration is fast becoming a permanent feature of Japanese life, impacting the country’s economic, social, and political landscape. The twelve essays collected here bring together the most up-to-date, original research on foreign workers and households from a variety of perspectives. Throughout, three key questions are addressed: Does the recent wave of migration constitute a new multicultural age that challenges Japan’s identity as a homogenous society? How do foreign workers confront the many difficulties of living in Japan? How is Japanese society both resisting and accommodating the growing presence of foreign workers in its communities? Japan and Global Migration is a much-needed and timely contribution to the literature on Japan and cultural difference and required reading for anyone concerned with the future of Japanese society.

Contributors: Mike Douglass, John Lie, Takashi Machimura, Stephen Murphy-Shigematsu, Katherine Tegtmeyer Pak, David Pollack, Glenda S. Roberts, Katsuko Terasawa, Michael Weiner, Keiko Yamanaka, Keizo Yamawaki.

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"Very well-conceived" --Pacific Affairs, Winter 2004-2005

"Provides a lively and richly informative discussion of the many ramifications of the immigration issues facing Japan.... While this book will be essential reading for anyone concerned with Japan and migration, it should prove invaluable to researchers and students on immigration in other countries too. The broad array of themes, the variety of author approaches and frequent comparative references to experience elsewhere have generated a richly rewarding volume." --Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies

Editor: Douglass, Mike; Roberts, Glenda S.;
Mike Douglass is professor of urban planning at the University of Hawai‘i. Glenda S. Roberts is professor at the Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies, Waseda University.



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