Create local communities where Japanese residents live in harmony with
Prevent international crimes which threaten daily life, through cooperation
among Asian countries.
The International Migration Team of The Asahi Shimbun Asia Network
(AAN) has conducted research, in cooperation with leading academics, on
Japan's course in an age when cross-border migration is a rapidly developing
trend in Asia.
Against this backdrop, it is clear that Japan must transform its regional and
industrial policies in order to live in harmony with its Asian neighbors, and
bring about mutual benefits.
Today, there are 670,000 foreign workers living in Japan, excluding
permanent residents and spouses of Japanese. However, when they encounter
problems raising children, discrimination in finding housing, or caring for the
elderly, they often have no one to turn to for help despite the fact that those -
who work here pay taxes just as Japanese citizens do.
There is an urgent need to build local communities where foreigners can
live in harmony with their neighbors, instead of being turned away as
In an effort to entice information technology (IT) specialists from India to
come to Japan, the government has decided to make it easier for them to
acquire visas. However, this alone is not enough to attract high-tech talent to
Japan. Conditions such as a Silicon Valley-style industrial cluster, and
guarantees of a comfortable lifestyle, must be created, or Japan risks
becoming a faint shadow on the map of international migration for IT
But there is a negative aspect to the age of international migration, since
criminals, too, find it easy to cross borders. Drug trafficking and other
dangerous international crimes must therefore be combated through
cooperation with other Asian countries.