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Help (Not) Wanted
Immigration Politics in Japan
Help (Not) Wanted
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Michael Strausz - Author
Price: $95.00 
Hardcover - 214 pages
Release Date: August 2019
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ISBN13: 978-1-4384-7551-6

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Paperback - 214 pages
Release Date: January 2020
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ISBN13: 978-1-4384-7552-3

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Summary

Shows how Japan’s immigration policy is shaped by the nature of Japan’s economy and elite debates about the country’s national identity.

In Help (Not) Wanted, Michael Strausz offers an original and provocative answer to a question that has long perplexed observers of Japan: Why has Japan’s immigration policy remained so restrictive, especially in light of economic, demographic, and international political forces that are pushing Japan to admit more immigrants? Drawing upon insights developed during nearly two years of intensive field research in Japan, Strausz ultimately argues that Japan’s immigration policy has remained restrictive for two reasons. First, Japan’s labor-intensive businesses have failed to defeat anti-immigration forces within the Japanese state, particularly those in the Ministry of Justice and the Japanese Diet. Second, no influential strain of elite thought in postwar Japan exists to support the idea that significant numbers of foreign nationals have a legitimate claim to residency and citizenship. This book is particularly timely at a moment shaped by Brexit, the election of Trump, and the rise of anti-immigrant political parties and nativist rhetoric across the globe.

Help (Not) Wanted contributes greatly to the field of Japanese politics and immigration policies. Not only does the book fill a gap in the English speaking literature, but it also discusses many scholarly works on immigration policy beyond the Japanese case. It will be a standard for advanced courses on immigration politics and makes for a good addition to the literature on contemporary Japanese politics, especially party politics, public opinion, and elections.” — Daniel Kremers, German Institute for Japanese Studies

Michael Strausz is Associate Professor of Political Science at Texas Christian University.


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