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Foreign Workers in Japan1

Foreign Workers in Japan
Gabriele Vogt

Introduction

Japan for many years has been an outlier case to students of international labor migration. It is one of the wealthiest countries of its region offering wages to workers much higher than those most of its neighboring countries can; it also provides stable political conditions, thus guaranteeing secure living and working conditions. The push/pull model of international labor migration states that these kind of economically powerful and politically solid states tend to receive much international labor migration (pull), particularly so when neighboring states fall short of offering the same qualities (push). According to this model, international labor migration to Japan could be expected to take place on a large scale. Yet it can hardly be witnessed at all. The percentage of registered foreign residents in Japan amounts ...

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