by Momoyo Tanaka
Japan should accept immigrants. In recent years, because of globalization, immigration that means moving to a foreign country is very active. According to the lecture in the class, of the 6.5 billion people in the world today, 191 million just under 3 percent are international migrants. Japan is not an exception to this phenomenon, and there are more than 9 hundred thousand immigrants in Japan. There are 3 reasons that I agree with immigration: solving the problem of aging society with a falling birthrate and inter-cultural communication.
First of all, immigration would solve the problem of aging society with a falling birthrate. Recently, Japanese population is declining rapidly, and one researcher expressed that the population of Japan will be 95 million by 2050 (Now, there are 120 million people.). If it happens, elderly people retirement plan would not work and they would not have enough medical treatment and nursing. Then, if a lot of immigrants come to and live in Japan, Japanese economy would be more active, and welfare system would be supported by not only Japanese youth but also many immigrants. In other words, it would ease the tax of welfare for elderly people burden on youth for each person.
Second, immigration would bring Japan inter-cultural communication. Though many goods, much money and information are crossing over the world from Japan, it is strange that immigrants are restricted. Some people may worry about the risk of losing Japanese traditional culture, but in the lecture, early sociological research on the incorporation of immigrants into the host society focused on assimilation. Also, immigrants are selective in how they adapt. Once Japan was the racially homogeneous nation, but thanks to immigrants since Meiji era, Japanese are able to communicate globally. We can learn other language from native speakers, speak language we are learning, make friends from other country even in Japan. A lot of Japanese tend to be introversion, so it is good for many Japanese being apt to turn inward to have a chance to communicate with foreigners.
Immigration brings Japan a lot of economic and emotional advantages. They would solve the problem of aging society with a falling birthrate, and promote Japanese economy and welfare system. Also, many Japanese would have chance to communicate with foreigners if immigrants increase. Thus, Japan should accept more immigrants.
 Rubén G. Rumbaut “Immigration’s Complexities, Assimilation’s Discontents” 2008
 Searchna “Japan also think about ‘Problems of Immigration’ seriously” April 29, 2012. http://news.searchina.ne.jp/disp.cgi?y=2010&d=0210&f=column_0210_003.shtml
 ALTERNATIVE BLOG “Japanese Population” April 29, 2012. http://blogs.itmedia.co.jp/business20/2011/02/3000-2eb8.html