Japanese government to consider allowing entry of 200,000 legal immigrants a year
For the first time in history, the Japanese government may allow the legal entry of 200,000 immigrants a year.
Due to the country's aging population and decreasing birth rate, the Japanese government's change in immigration policy is not surprising. Last year, the government gave work permits to 30,000 foreign workers. The total now stands at around 720,000. Allowing 200,000 more immigrants a year would be a six time increase of the current rate. Most of the current visas are granted to skilled laborers, but unskilled laborers are also assumed to be allowed into the country to work. Japan, for obvious reasons, does not want a population decrease. To have a strong economy, countries need a strong work force.
This mass immigration policy is something unprecedented in the history of Japan. Not only will it strengthen Japan's economy, but hopefully it will allow Japan to become more diverse and tolerant, giving foreigners an opportunity to not only find employment but to also enjoy living in a country that maybe they've always wanted to experience living in. Japan, and the world we live in, is changing every day.