Date : January 23, 2023
Video Report: Population Decline and Immigration Policy—Making Japan a Popular Destination for Immigration （Mr. Toshihiro Menju, Managing Director and Chief Program Officer, Japan Center for International Exchange (JCIE))
post date : 2023.01.24
As Japan’s birthrate in 2021 reached its lowest since records began in 1899, the unprecedented low birthrate, aging population, and population decline of Japan is being referred to as “Japanification” in other countries, and has been called a national crisis. Instead of Japan escaping this Japanification, it has instead been suggested that if the population decline and aging of the population continue accelerating at the current rate, in the near future the continuation of Japanese society itself may be in danger. As a way to maintain the work force and curb population decline, will Japan implement policies encouraging immigration? If policies welcoming immigration are implemented, what kind of changes will Japanese society need to make?
The FPCJ has invited Mr. Toshihiro Menju, Managing Director and Chief Program Officer of the Japan Center for International Exchange (JCIE), to discuss the current state of Japanese immigration policy. Mr. Menju was one of the first to warn of the issue of Japan’s declining population and proclaim the importance of a “multicultural coexistence society,” and has suggested guidelines for immigration policy in numerous media appearances and books.
The briefing had a total of 32 participants including journalists from Brazil, China, France, Germany, Indonesia, Turkey, Russia, and the US.
■Date: January 23 (Mon), 2023, 14:00-15:30
■Theme: Population Decline and Immigration Policy—Making Japan a Popular Destination for Immigration
■Briefer: Mr. Toshihiro Menju, Managing Director and Chief Program Officer, Japan Center for International Exchange (JCIE)
■Language: Japanese with consecutive English interpretation
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