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This is the first comprehensive study of migrant workers in Japan. Foreign workers in Japan fall into four categories: those who entered the country illegally; so-called overstayers who entered legally then stayed on past the expiry date of their visas; those who are performing unauthorized labor which their valid visa does not entitle them to do; and people of Japanese descent from Latin America who have been given the legal right to work as unskilled laborers. All types of migrant workers are dealt with here. This book reveals how migrants enter, what difficulties they face, what their living, working and housing conditions are, and focuses on the protection of their human rights. There is detailed information on the situation of migrant workers according to sector, including those in the sex and entertainment industry as well as in manufacturing and construction. Among the topics dealt with are the revision of violations, the role of brokers, unauthorized labor in the guise of trainees, the labor-exporting countries of Asia and Latin America and the position of resident Koreans and refugees. The author argues for the need to respect the human rights of the foreign workers who will unavoidably enter, work and live in Japan. In addition to giving the fullest description of migrant labor in Japan, the work bears upon issues central to labor studies and human rights in general.
This book overviews the present situation of foreign migrants in Japan, based on the latest and most comprehensive available data, and presents necessary policy recommendations. Special attention is given to workers under the economic recession, along with the condition of non-workers such as pseudo-exiles, self-actualization seekers and marriage/family oriented people. The study presents an analysis of deprivation and discrimination against migrants and examines human rights violations in areas including subsistence, residence, liberty and freedom, social life, culture and political participation. Hiroshi Komai, a foremost scholar in the studies of foreign residents in Japan, demonstrates the progress of settlement and the formation of ethnic communities. Examining the potential of migrants to transform Japanese structures, he proposes a policy to give migrants degrees of citizenship corresponding to the extent to which they have settled.
First Published in 1995. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
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