Strict Japanese immigration policy

Posted on 2008/07/26. Filed under: Japan, Multiculturalism, USA | Tags: , , , |

Immigrants built the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand and countries in South America.  Both the majority and the minority are immigrants in these countries.  Most people are immigrants there.  I think that is why people in these countries are tolerant of different people and why they criticize discrimination toward foreigners in Japan and strict Japanese immigration policy.

Native people are very few in those countries because immigrants killed many of their ancestors.  However, 96% of the Japanese population is native to Japan like Native Americans in the U.S. and Aborigines in Australia.  The ancestors of modern Japanese people came to Japan in ancient times.  I think that is why many Japanese think that Japan is a land for Japanese people and are not so critical of strict Japanese immigration polices.

I know that all countries should accept political refugees and I agree with the idea.  I think that it is the responsibility of advanced countries.  Also I know that all counties should not have to accept economic refugees.  As I saw immigrants in the U.S., I understood that.  Some of the immigrants who came to the U.S. for wealth and opportunity do not respect its cultural values – human rights, democracy and gender equality.

*** See below for Ainu:


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what about discrimination against ainu ? they are the rightfully “natives” in northern parts of japan, not the yamato people

Hi LostSoul

The Ainu population is about 1 % in Japan and the Ainu people live in Hokkaido. Their Ancestors came to Japan in ancient times. The Ainu people are native Japanese as well as Yamato people. Perhaps if you live in the area where the Ainu people reside, you might feel some discrimination against the Ainu people among the local people. But most Japanese think that the Ainu people are just a cultural minority living in Hokkaido and would imagine a Ski resort in Hokkaido when talking of the Ainu people. When you see Japanese history, you will find discrimination against the Ainu people. However, today they are like Okinawa people to many Japanese –- a little exotic. Okinawa has a lot of unique culture because it was an independent kingdom before it became a part of Japan. It is said that the Ainu people have kept their unique culture while other people all have mixed and have become Yamato people, but it is just hypothesis and nobody knows the exact truth of the Ainu people’s origin.

thank you for your answer.
in my eyes, the ainu are like the native american indians ,almost wiped out from the history and still discriminated in this “free” democracies (usa + japan).
don`t get me wrong,i`m not against japan or usa in anyway,i`m just pointing out something.
(japan & usa still discriminate their own citizens of another ethnic group , what cand you say when they discriminate strangers? )
best regards !

I disagree, I’m half native american, my mother is full native american. And my father is from a colonial french heritage. And while native americans were discriminated against once before, that phenomena doesn’t exist anymore. In fact many white americans try to claim being part native american even if its only a very distant relation, because its a point of pride today. And european americans descended from colonists don’t look at themselves as being immigrants, because they have been here so long they feel native. Instead they look down on other europeans who came later such as the irish, and so on. While it is a land of immigrants, it seems that people here feel whoever was here first has the strongest claim.

Lots of of guys write about this issue but you said really true words.

My initial response was that the Ainu were the true indigenous people of Japan as well. Not too long ago I read that the origins of the Ainu are uncertain, but some scholars suspect that they originated in Europe–hence the hairiness of the people and Western features.

Australia always favors immigration. Immigration, foreign student studies, tourism are the backbone of Australian economy.
You may contact Australia migration agencies for migration.Australia can be a favorable destination for foeign immigrations who plan to settle in a peaceful and well-developed country.

I disagree with Ismail. There is still a lot of discrimination against Native peoples here in the States and abroad in other parts of the American continent (Mexico, Central and South America). What he/she refers to as pride is just another way to erase what self-determination and identity there is of Native people by the descendants of those that displaced Natives and arrivals who benefitted from that displacement. Ever heard of the wannabes? Having a little Native blood doesn’t even qualify one as Native if you never lived or grew up Native. It’s just as a 1/4 Japanese raised in the states acting like they know what it’s like to be raised in Japan. I think that most folks who say that there exists no discrimination and an undercurrent of racism against Natives are those who are wannabes themselves or have very little contact with Native groups to know of the continued perspectives of Native peoples.

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