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Japan to start offering residency to 4th-generation descendants

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Japan must shorten the requirement of permanent residency from 10yrs to 5 yrs.

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Japan is slowly dying. They want to solve their labor shortage by bringing in foreigners, yet they still have a xenophobic attitude towards immigration. Most recently offering a "special" visa for high degree top school applicants. I doubt that any Harvard grad student is going to apply so that he/she can earn 1/3 the pay, live inside a matchbox house and struggle with a foreign language. Good luck with that Japan. What the Japanese and their high regulation controlling ways don't get is the spirit of "Lady Liberty". "Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free". A country cannot buy or regulate itself to greatness. All they can do is open up to the world take their chances and let the power of individual motivation take over. Yes, there will be failures and criminals and all the stuff associated with humanity. There will also be brilliance and exceptional people thankful for the opportunity. There will be first generation children who driven by their parents, educate and build a better life than they had. This is Japan's only hope.

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By the 4th generation, if only 1 of 8 of your great grandparents are included, there could be absolutely nothing Japanese about them (and certainly no mysterious genetic connection to "Japanese culture") so why privilege them over, say, other Asians? Or anyone? We saw how this worked in the 1990s. The Brazilians largely stayed Brazilian until they were paid off to buzz off.

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Japan will do almost anything other than offer dual citizenship for some reason.

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Try getting rid of the ridiculously high inheritance tax!

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After five years, the immigrants can transition to permanent residency if they achieve N2 level in the Japanese-Language Proficiency Test, which is considered sufficient for business communication.

Huge amounts of foreigners have this proficiency.

But still cannot get that coveted sei-shaiin status in Japan Inc.

There is a lot of privileged, well-protected hereditary incompetence and discrimination with little recourse in Japan Inc.

Another half-hearted effort at "internationalization".

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So, all those who think the idea has merit, make the case for we who can't see it.

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Try getting rid of the ridiculously high inheritance tax!

I don't see the relevance to 4th generation immigration, but why?

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What I really hope for is that Japan will take care of all the Zainichi Koreans. This change doesn't seem to address that.

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Japan's capitalist model of a political economy has created the crisis of a declining population and tax-base because making babies has become an unaffordable burden for its overtaxed, stressed out citizenry. In its desperation the LDP is going for the "one drop" rule: Japanese blood "ueber Alles".

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Maybe if they didn’t make Permanent Residency a ¥¥ making business, more of us would have it.

Ten years is a ridiculous amount of time to be paying repeatedly for a “Marriage Visa”.

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The economic miracle that would have attracted foreigners by the plane and ship load has now departed.

The establishment had its chance to look ahead into the 21st century and take action-they have failed!

Whatever half baked unappealing plan is pledged,urged or ratified won’t mean much to the economy here….

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furtomToday  09:22 am JST

What I really hope for is that Japan will take care of all the Zainichi Koreans. This change doesn't seem to address that.

I remember when I took a Japanese Studies class for a college humanities requirement we were told that Japanese of Korean descent had to carry ID cards stating that until 1988. Surely those people would be equal citizens now.

And as for Japanese descended folks from overseas, would Japan accept that deposed dirtbag dictator Alberto Fujimori who used to rule over Peru?

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population is never a serious issue in Japan, exactly the same like Canada or America they never worried about it at all. Just loosen the immigration rules, then tomorrow you will see over-the-limit applications. Everybody want to stay in better place, N2 or N1 is nothing compared to hard life in their origin country

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AureliusToday  11:29 am JST

"Unfortunately it's become prohibitively expensive and not really worth it to live in japan unless your independently wealthy or an extremely successful business"

People who downvoted this are not wealthy - every global financial advisor has one piece of advice about where to move with their money - don't die in Japan.

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would Japan accept that deposed dirtbag dictator Alberto Fujimori who used to rule over Peru?

Not only did they accept him but they gave him citizenship so he could hide out in Japan but he opted to go back to Peru rather than stay here.

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Getting desperate.

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Kishida doesn't have to do anything unnecessary.

Why are they trying to create a law that only targets foreigners of Japanese ancestry, that is, Korean residents in Japan?

There are many foreigners who can speak Japanese, and if someone wants to become Japanese, I think they should be treated fairly fairly as long as they are not from enemy countries such as China, Russia, North Korea, or South Korea.

To begin with, the Koreans living in Japan either came to Japan to work after the annexation of Japan and South Korea, or they fled to Japan during the Korean War.

However, they claim that they came of their own free will or that they were forcibly taken by the Japanese military even though they had a home country to return to.

And the fact that hundreds of thousands of Koreans are receiving welfare benefits that only Japanese people should receive is nothing but a waste of Japanese tax money.

Koreans residing in Japan have the highest crime rate among foreigners, and there is no benefit to Japan or the Japanese people if they become permanent residents.

Rather, they are people who must be actively expelled from Japan.

If Japan wants labor, it would be much better in Japan's national interest to welcome them from ASEAN countries and other countries with good treatment.

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