The Globe and Mail
Despite its wealth and democracy, JAPAN has one of the world’s most intolerant regimes for refugees and immigrants.
And despite its labour shortages and declining population, the government still shows little interest in allowing more foreigners in.
From 1982 to 2004, Japan accepted only 313 refugees, less than 10 per cent of those who applied. Even after its rules were slightly liberalized in 2004, it allowed only 46 refugees in the following year. Last year it accepted only 34 of the 954 applicants.
Japan’s attitude toward immigrants is equally unwelcoming. It has one of the industrialized world’s lowest rates of accepting immigrants. Only about 1 per cent of its population is foreign-born, compared with 19% in Canada and 9% in Britain.
Much of Japan’s hostility to immigrants and refugees is the result of prejudice against foreigners, who are widely blamed for most of the crime in the country. Ignorance is widespread. In one survey, more than 90% of Japanese said they don’t have any regular contact with foreigners, and more than 40% said they rarely even see any.
Politicians are reluctant to allow any challenge to Japan’s racial homogeneity. Their beliefs are typified by a top leader of the ruling party, former foreign minister Taro Aso, who described Japan as “one culture, one race.”
The government has refused to pass laws against racial discrimination … making Japan one of the few industrialized countries where it is legal.
“From the perspective of Japanese officials, the fewer that come the better.”
“The government is very negative about accepting refugees,” he said. “It’s worried that there will be social unrest and crime if it allows too many foreigners into Japan.” >>Full Article HERE
…and OTHER countries??
“A decade ago, Nobel prize-winning economist Milton Friedman admonished the Wall Street Journal for its idée fixe on open-border immigration policy. ‘It’s just obvious you can’t have FREE IMMIGRATION AND A WELFARE STATE,’ he warned”.
- “Joys of Diversity” ?? (elliotlakenews.wordpress.com)