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Dec. 8: Immigration Policies in Japan

While immigration to Japan has grown steadily in recent years, Japan is still characterized by a restrictive immigration policies and a political discourse that rejects immigration. Meanwhile, on the ground immigration is definitely happened, as more and more immigrants claim Japan as their home. Join Gracia Liu-Farrer, author of “Immigrant Japan: Mobility and Belonging in and Ethno-nationalist Society”, and Michael Strausz, author of “Help (Not) Wanted: Immigration Politics in Japan”, for a discussion of the political and social forces that shape immigration in Japan, immigrants’ rights and roles in society, and an assessment of Japanese immigration in comparative perspective.


• Gracia Liu-Farrer, Professor of Sociology, Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies, Waseda University

• Michael Strausz, Associate Professor of Political Science, Texas Christian University

• Ulrike Schaede, Professor and Director of the Japan Forum for Innovation and Technology, GPS UC San Diego


This Japan Zoominar @ UC San Diego series brings together new insights, knowledge and opinions on current events in Japan. Experts from around the globe are invited as speakers and contributors, with the goal to create a vibrant exchange and deepen our understanding of Japan’s role in the world. Learn more at

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