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Regular Addressing Positive and Negative Aspects of Globalization~Issues Involving Demographic Changes and Population Movement

2011
Project

Promote discussion about comprehensive policies toward foreign workers and residents in Japan

Implementing Agency The Sasakawa Peace Foundation
Institute for Human Diversity Japan
Year 2011
Project classification Self-OperatedGrantCommissionedOthers Year project budget implementation 17,462,507yen
Project Outline
With the aim of communicating the results of the "Global Demographic Change and Labor Migration in Asia” project by SPF (conducted fiscal 2008 to 2010), this project will hold conferences in six locations in Japan to present the policy recommendations published in March 2011, and conduct supplementary research on priority topics (i.e., the aging of society and human migration in Asia).

The "Global Demographic Change and Labor Migration in Asia” project mentioned above involved comprehensive research under three themes; “The labor market and changes in population composition,” “International comparative study on migrant labor policy,” and “Social integration policy”, published “Resource Materials on Foreign Worker Issues” (three volumes, in Japanese), and released “Policy Recommendations on Accepting Foreign Workers” (in Japanese) based on the research findings.

This project aims to strengthen the basis for active discussion about the recommendations at the national government level. By broadly sharing the details of the recommendations at the regional level and supplementing the "Resource Materials" with status updates and further information on the priority topics, the project will work to raise public awareness and prepare the ground for the realization of the recommendations. More specifically, the supplementary activities will be carried out in three areas: (1) coordination of the overall program, plus preparing and organizing meetings of the editorial committee to examine the content of updates of the “Resource Materials,” (2) sharing the details of the recommendations with stakeholders and persons involved in policy making at the local government level in six regions of Japan, plus organizing conferences (local editions) to discuss the policy recommendations, for the purpose of identifying issues and needs that must be addressed in order to realize the recommendations in practical ways at the local level in Japan, and (3) implementation of supplementary research focusing particularly on the priority topic, the "Aging society and human migration in Asia," which requires additional attention.
Implementation Plan
The following activities will be implemented during this single-year project.
  • Preparing and organizing meetings of the editorial committee
    An editorial committee will be established, consisting of project members from the “Global Demographic Change and Labor Migration in Asia” project and members involved with formulation of the policy recommendations. Coordination of the overall project will be conducted as well as discussions about the details of the update of “Resource Materials on Foreign Worker Issues,” (April 2011) followed by final coordination (February 2012).
  • Disseminating and reinforcing the policy recommendations
    • Policy recommendation conferences (local edition)
      In six regions in Japan (Hokkaido, Tohoku, Kinki, Tokai, Hokuriku, Chugoku, Kyushu), the details of policy recommendations will be shared with stakeholders and persons involved in policy making, and the project will work to identify issues and needs that must be addressed in order to realize the recommendations in practice at the local level in Japan.
      Expected participants include members who were involved with formulation of the policy recommendations, local government personnel, associations promoting international communications and exchanges, nonprofit organizations, foreign residents living in Japan, researchers, and corporate personnel.
    • Supplementary research
      Regarding the “Aging society and human migration in Asia" identified as a priority topic from the “Global Demographic Change and Labor Migration in Asia” project, a research group will be established consisting of experts and practitioners. The group will draw up a research plan, (April 2011), prepare a midterm report and verify the remaining implementation plan agreed upon (August 2011), and draft the summary report and examine its content (February 2011). In the target regions for the supplementary research (expected to be Singapore, Taiwan, Korea, China, Thailand, Indonesia, and the Philippines), in-person interviews will be conducted, group discussions will be held with stakeholders and persons in charge of policy development, followed by the drafting of reports. Note that coordination tasks relating to this item will be commissioned to the Institute for Human Diversity Japan.
  • Compilation of "Policy Recommendations on Accepting Foreign Workers (Supplementary Edition)”
    The "Policy Recommendations on Accepting Foreign Workers (Supplementary Edition),” including the details of the supplementary research, will be compiled after the final coordination work of the editorial committee.
  • Relevant work relating to communications, coordination, and information dissemination, etc.
Project Results
In this fiscal year, we hosted policy proposal meetings in Ota, Toyama, Fukuoka, Osaka and Sapporo to disseminate the contents of the proposals, which featured reports on the results of the research, reports on current status by local
experts, and discussions.
Supplementary research for the priority topic “Aging society and human migration in Asia” was summarized into a proposal regarding the current state of senior care and caregiver migration, using findings from research conducted in South Korea, China, Thailand, Vietnam, Taiwan, Indonesia, and the Philippines.

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