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05/03/20 : Conférence Prof.OBATA « Japan as a Society with Rapidly Increasing Immigrants ; A Critique of the Seemingly Perfect System of “Status of Residence” in Globalized World »

La Maison Universitaire France-Japon, en collaboration avec The Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), a le plaisir de vous convier à la conférence du :

Prof. Kaoru OBATA
Nagoya University, Professeur invité à l’Université de Strasbourg

Sur le thème :
« Japan as a Society with Rapidly Increasing Immigrants ; A Critique of the Seemingly Perfect System of “Status of Residence” in Globalized World »

Jeudi 5 Mars 2020 à 17h30
Maison Universitaire France-Japon
42a, Avenue de la Forêt Noire à Strasbourg

Résumé :
In near future, Japanese will realize that they live in an immigrant country. In 2019, foreigners resident in Japan occupy 2.24% of the whole population, but 1999, the percentage was only 0.98. Japan needs not only foreign workforce but also permanent settlers from foreign countries because of serious decrease and aging of the population. It seems that the Japanese politics has been paralyzed facing such a huge challenge. But under the pressure from business world, a new status of residence “Specified Skilled Workers” was introduced in 2018 amendment to Immigration Act. It does not require the level of skill as matured as those required for existing statuses for workers, and channel, even very narrow, for workers to settling down is now opened. Is it possible to address to the situation by making such a status more flexible ? The present speaker will argue that the system of “status of residence” is not fit to a society with rapidly increasing immigrants. Actually, the notion of “status of residence” has been mobilized as if it would provide a comprehensive and unique basis for a foreigner’s residence in general. He will treat with this concept critically and suggest what systems should be taken for Japan as an immigrant country.

Conférence tout public, en anglais/ Entrée libre dans la limite des places disponibles


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