Japan teaches U.S. a lesson in immigration policy

January 3, 2011 § Leave a comment

Sunday’s New York Times had an interesting article on Japan’s restrictive immigration policies and their negative impact on the country’s economic wellbeing. The basic take away: Unless it opens up, the country will soon face a population crisis and the prospects of steady and perhaps irreversible decline. The article has obvious implications for the U.S. debate on immigration reform. Here was one of the more interesting paragraphs from the story: ‘The shrinking population is the biggest problem. The country is fighting for its survival,’ said Hidenori Sakanaka, director of the Japan Immigration Policy Institute, an independent research organization. “Despite everything, America manages to stay vibrant because it attracts people from all over the world,” he said. ‘On the other hand, Japan is content to all but shut out people from overseas.’” (progressive pulse)

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