In recent years, Japanese population is decreasing due to declining number of children, so there are many people who claim Japan should accept immigrants to get the workforce. However, accepting immigrants have not only good points but also bad points. For example, there are many problems between Japanese and Brazilian immigrants in the Homi housing development.
The Homi housing development was built in time of rapid economic growth in Toyota city in Aichi. Many Brazilian came to Tokai district as immigrants, because there are many manufacturing industry such as auto industry in Aichi. In 2010, about 9,000 people live there, and 4,000 of whom are Brazilian immigrants. Many Brazilian has been lived there, so there are many posters which are written in Portuguese. However, there are many problems which were caused by difference between Japanese culture and Brazilian culture.
Most of Japanese who live there claimed Brazilian people’s manner is very bad. For example, illegal parking is increasing, they do barbecue at veranda, they often drink and make merry at night and so on. Many Japanese said “Brazilian immigrants shouldn’t move into here anymore” because Brazilian behaviors make Japanese angry. On the other hand, Brazilian also complained against Japanese who live there. Of course, Japanese and Brazilian hope that the Homi housing development become comfortable place for them.
I think they should promote exchanges between Japanese and Brazilian. Brazilian may not know about Japanese low, so they do illegal parking, and they may not know about Japanese culture, so they think “our manner isn’t bad.” Japanese also should understand Brazilian culture to make good relation. I think self-governing body have to hold exchanging party, and they can introduce each other’s culture there. However, in case of this situation, I felt Brazilian immigrants need more effort to adjust Japanese life style. There is a proverb such as “When in Rome do as the Romans do.” They should not only tell about Brazilian culture but also learn about Japanese culture. Now, most of Japanese approve accepting immigrants, but there are problems such as the Homi housing development. Should we accept immigrants? What do you think?
by Mari Honda