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Hidenori Sakanaka established the Japan Immigration Policy Institute and is the author of almost two dozen books about immigration policy in Japan.
Robert D. Eldridge is former associate professor of Japanese political and diplomatic history at Osaka University.
Graham B. Leonard earned a PhD in international public policy from Osaka University.
Chapter 1: The Need for an “Immigration Revolution” and a “Japanese Revolution”
Chapter 2: The Development of the “Human Community” Concept
Chapter 3: Politician, Bureaucrat, Revolutionary
Chapter 4: Japanese Immigration Policy is Preceded by Global Praise
Chapter 5: Leader of the National Commitment to Immigration
Chapter 6: The Spirit of the Japanese-style Immigration Nation
Chapter 7: Economics, Finances, and Immigration Policy
Chapter 8: Population and Immigrants
Chapter 9: The Human Community—Global Citizens—Hybrid Japan
Chapter 10: The Return of Japanese Left Behind in North Korea
Chapter 11: The Path Traveled by the Director of the Japan Immigration Policy Institute
In this urgent appeal to Japanese policy makers and the public, Hidenori Sakanaka demonstrates the critical importance of forging a revolutionary immigration policy if Japan is to avoid population collapse and economic ruin as a result of its extremely low birthrates and aging population. As Japan’s leading mind on immigration policy, Sakanaka’s plan to incorporate 10 million immigrants as permanent residents (and citizens, if they choose) over the next 50 years is passionate, visionary, carefully forged, and practical. It focuses on nurturing immigrant youth (including refugees), through education, training, job placement, and social supports. Drawing on a growing sense of urgency among Japanese youth, Sakanaka envisions the birth of a lively hybrid Japan and diverse human community with implications far beyond its own borders.
— Terry E. MacDougall, Stanford University
Bringing his longstanding experience as a Japanese public official involved in immigration control and as an advocate for proactive migration policies of Japan to bear, the author—known as “Mr. Immigration”—not only argues for making Japan into a country of immigration, but also sketches a bold vision of a “global human community” geared towards the peaceful coexistence of people with diverse backgrounds. This book is essential reading for anyone interested in Japanese immigration policies and global migration issues.
— Takashi Kibe, International Christian University