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Help (Not) Wanted: Immigration Politics in Japan

Monday, September 9, 2019 | 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm


Why has Japan’s immigration policy remained so restrictive, especially in light of economic, demographic, and international political forces that are pushing Japan to admit more immigrants? Michael Strausz will answer this question by drawing on insights from nearly two years of intensive field research in Japan. Ultimately, he will argue that Japan’s immigration policy has remained restrictive for two reasons. First, Japan’s labor-intensive businesses have failed to defeat anti-immigration forces within the Japanese state, particularly those in the Ministry of Justice and the Japanese Diet. Second, no influential strain of elite thought in postwar Japan exists to support the idea that significant numbers of foreign nationals have a legitimate claim to residency and citizenship.

In addition to an overview of postwar Japan’s immigration control policy, this presentation provide context to recent developments in Japanese immigration policy – particularly the December 2018 decision to admit more than 300,000 low skilled foreign laborers.

Location: Carr Collins Hall, Tower Center Boardroom, 3300 University Blvd, Dallas, TX 75205 (map)

Registration: Free  RSVP: via email to Bora Laci at

Speaker: Michael StrauszAssociate Professor of Political Science, TCU

Moderator: Hiroki TakeuchiDirector of the Sun & Star Program on Japan & East Asia, SMU


Presented in partnership with


Japan America Society DFW
John G. Tower Center for Political Studies at SMU


John G. Tower Center for Political Studies
Carr Collins Hall, Room 227, 3300 University Boulevard
Dallas, Texas 75275
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The Japan-America Society of Dallas/Fort Worth is a Texas non-profit corporation qualified under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.