“The United States, whose response to the virus exposed chaos and division, stands to lose migrants. But other countries will gain them, and with them, the attendant benefits of diversity, dynamism, and new talent. Few stand to profit more than Japan, a relatively secure and stable country with low unemployment—even a need for more laborers—and excellent universities that can lure students who may now be reluctant to risk expensive study in the West.
Japan has long been considered a fairly homogeneous country. After the pandemic, it is likely to grow more diverse and globally connected. This transformation, which will remake Japanese society and challenge the traditional understanding of its national identity, is necessary if Japan wants to remain a significant power in the global arena.
Japan is poised to shed [its hostility to immigration.] The Japanese government has in recent years created new categories of visas and relaxed the criteria of existing ones in order to recruit and retain more foreign workers and international students. In the five years before the pandemic, the number of foreign residents in Japan increased by 31 percent. The country has attributes likely to attract even more migrants after the pandemic. These include good job prospects, relatively affordable higher education, and a safe and orderly social environment. Japan has long boasted these comparative advantages, but the havoc of the global health crisis has made them all the more salient.
In addition to drawing more job-seeking migrants than in the past, Japan is becoming increasingly popular as a destination for international students, especially those from China and other Asian countries. Japan has attracted students from abroad since the 1980s, but the global dominance of the English language tilted the scales in favor of universities in Europe and North America. Most Chinese students, for instance, prefer to study in the United Kingdom or the United States rather than study in Japan. But the coronavirus could well disrupt that trend.”
– By Gracia Liu-Farrer
Something about this article seems eerily familiar…
“Europe has not yet learned how to be multicultural. Europe is not going to be the monolithic societies they once were in the last century. It’s a huge transformation for Europe to make. They are now going into a multicultural mode and Jews will be resented because of our leading role. But without that leading role and without that transformation, Europe will not survive.”
– Barbara Lerner Spectre
“Japan has long been considered a fairly homogeneous country. After the pandemic, it is likely to grow more diverse and globally connected. This transformation, which will remake Japanese society and challenge the traditional understanding of its national identity, is necessary if Japan wants to remain a significant power in the global arena.”
– Gracia Liu-Farrer
• Professor, Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies, Waseda University, Tokyo (2014-present)
• Ph.D. in Sociology, University of Chicago
Research Fellow, Tohoku University Center for the Study of Social Stratification and Inequality (2006-2007)
• Field of Specialization: International Migration, Social Stratification and Inequality, Globalization, International Education, Identity and Citizenship, Race and Ethnicity
• [Dr. Liu-Farrer] welcomes students who are interested in pursuing the following research areas: international migration/cross border population movements, identity and citizenship issues; dynamics and processes of cultural changes and cultural creation; the formation of new forms of local and global community; and issues of social equality and justice under globalization.
Academics in Japan such as Liu-Farrer continue to push the Cultural Marxist agenda onto unsuspecting young Japanese minds at the highest levels of academia; Grooming entire generations of Japanese citizens to openly welcome the globalist onslaught descending on them.