Population Decline & Immigration in Japan


Japan’s declining population presents a huge challenge. Although immigration is a possible solution, it has traditionally been viewed as a taboo subject and has not been analyzed logically or objectively in Japan. A robust dialogue on immigration is essential to combating and solving the burdens that continued population decline will place on Japanese society. With the goal of playing a guiding role in that dialogue, JCIE is building upon its previous work—including its “Multicultural Power” and “Building a Multiethnic Society and Revitalizing Local Communities” projects—to implement a new series of initiatives that addresses population decline and a vision for accepting foreigners into Japan.


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WEBINAR | Public Symposium Towards a Safer Transnational Migration—Bringing Together Multiple Stakeholders' Perspectives

October 13, 2023


Online (Zoom webinar)
JCIE will hold an online public symposium, ” Towards a Safer Transnational Migration: Bringing in Migrants’ Perspectives,” to enhance information access for foreign migrants and promote accountability by comparing the experiences of individuals from Nepal and Myanmar in Japan and…
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SYMPOSIUM | New Strategies for Japan to Become a Country of Choice

February 14, 2022


As part of JCIE’s Roundtable on Japan’s Migration Policy Program JCIE is hosting a public symposium to discuss what is needed to make Japan a “country of choice” for foreigners seeking employment….
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4th Networking Conference for the Supporting Youths of Diverse Roots and an Inclusive Society (SYDRIS) Initiative

September 8, 2021


JCIE held the 4th Networking Conference, as part of the SYDRIS Initiative, to explore what kind of collaboration should be established with government and civil society organizations (CSOs) in order to promote projects that reflect the perspectives of the stakeholders,…
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3rd Lunch Webinar for Supporting Youths of Diverse Roots and an Inclusive Society (SYDRIS) Initiative

September 2, 2021


JCIE co-hosted a third SYDRIS-100 SEED Lunch Webinar on multicultural coexistence to discuss current situation and challenges faced by teenagers in Japan with diverse roots….

1st General Meeting for the Humanitarian Aid to Marginalized Immigrants (HAMIS) Project

August 3, 2021


The first General Meeting of the Humanitarian Aid for Marginalized Immigrants (HAMIS) took place, a project launched by JCIE in partnership with the Japan Platform (JPF) to provide grants utilizing funds held in dormant bank accounts in Japan. Eight chosen…
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Lunchtime Webinars for the Supporting Youths of Diverse Roots and an Inclusive Society Initiative

February 24 & March 2, 2021


JCIE conducted a series of lunchtime webinars as a part of the Supporting Youths of Diverse Roots and an Inclusive Society Program with the aim of deepening cooperation and understanding of the issues facing youths of foreign roots living in…
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Sumitomo Corporation Receives Award for Its Charitable Work with JCIE for Foreign Youths in Japan

February 24, 2021


As part of Sumitomo Corporation’s “100SEED” campaign, it has been partnering with JCIE, having employees volunteer their time and know-how to NPOs that have been selected under our Supporting Youths of Diverse Roots and an Inclusive Society (SYDRIS) Initiative. In…

3rd Networking Conference Held for the Supporting Youths of Diverse Roots and an Inclusive Society Initiative

February 9, 2021


JCIE held its third networking conference as a part of the Supporting Youths of Diverse Roots and an Inclusive Society Program, where participants discussed the theme of “Income Generation of Internal and External Resources.”…
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3rd Roundtable on Japan's Migration Policy FY2020

December 16, 2020


The third Roundtable on Japan’s Migration Policy held in FY2020 took place as a hybrid meeting and featured an active discussion on issues related to the livelihoods and education of foreign residents living in Japan….
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JCIE Partners with Sumitomo Corporation to Support Diverse Roots, Inclusive Society Initiative

October 31, 2020


Sumitomo Corporation has announced that they will partner with JCIE on the Supporting Youths of Diverse Roots and an Inclusive Society (SYDRIS) Initiative , which was launched earlier this year in Japan…


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Mainichi OpEd Quotes JCIE’s Menju, Says Japan Is Now an Immigrant Nation

Mainichi Japan
May 7, 2024
“This rigid focus on accepting foreigners as a mere labor resource adjusting valve risks compromising human rights. Moreover, half-hearted integration policies and Japanese language education may exacerbate societal divisions. The…
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Japan as an “Immigrant Nation”: The Need for Frankness on Recent Policy Changes

Toshihiro Menju
September 21, 2023
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Over 23,000 Complaints Received from Foreign Technical Trainees in Japan

December 12, 2022
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Press Briefing on Population Decline and Immigration Policy—Making Japan a Popular Destination for Immigration

Foreign Press Center Japan
January 23, 2023
Toshihiro Menju speaks at the Foreign Press Center of Japan on the policy measures Japan should adopt to attract and support foreign residents as a way to address population aging….
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Japan Looks to Accept More Foreigners in Key Policy Shift

Reporting by Ami Miyazaki and Kantaro Komiya, Writing by Chang-Ran Kim
November 18, 2021
Toshihiro Menju, managing director of JCIE/Japan, comments on Japan’s need to welcome foreign workers as it grapples with demographic change in this Reuter’s article….
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Japan May Allow Immigration of Hong Kong Financial Sector, Specialized Workers

Palash Gosh
International Business Times
June 12, 2020
Article on Japan potentially allowing immigration of Hong Kong financial sector workers. Features quotes from Toshihiro Menju, Managing Director and Chief Program Officer at JCIE…
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Japan’s Historic Immigration Reform: A Work in Progress

Toshihiro Menju
Feb 6, 2019
Toshihiro Menju analyzes the recent, controversial new reforms and their implications for Japanese immigration policy and the future of Japanese society….
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Invite Foreign Interns to Settle in Japan, Think Tank Says

Tomohiro Osaki
Japan Times
October 29, 2014
Japan Times coverage of a policy proposal put forth as part of JCIE’s program on Population Decline & Immigration., which recommends that Japan replace its discredited national foreigners’ trainee program…