Is an increase in foreign workers Japan's unavoidable path? The major problems facing a society with a shrinking population
With Japan entering a period of population decline, its working-age population (aged 15 to 64 years) continues to shrink. To supplement this labor shortage, Japan's Diet passed revisions to the Immigration Control Act aimed at increasing the number of foreign workers in December 2018, making it a certainty that more foreign nationals will soon be seen in a variety of work sites. What will happen to Japanese society with this influx of foreign workers? We asked Professor Toshio Kosaki, an expert in the problems of population decline and labor shortage.
(*TOKAISM is a Tokai University's web magazine which is edited in collaboration with Mainichi Shimbun, the oldest daily newspaper in Japan.)