Donnerstag, 02. Dezember 2021, 18:30 - 20:00 iCal

u:japan lectures s03e08 - Michael Strausz

Help (Not) Wanted: Immigration Politics in Japan

A virtual u:japan lecture by Michael Strausz (Texas Christian University)

02.12.2021 18:30 - 20:00


Online Event

| Abstract |

Why has Japan’s immigration policy remained so restrictive, especially in light of economic, demographic, and international political forces that are pushing Japan to admit more immigrants? Michael Strausz will answer this question by drawing on insights from nearly two years of intensive field research in Japan. In addition to answering this question by outlining the central argument of his 2019 book, Help (Not) Wanted: Immigration Politics in Japan, this presentation provide context to recent developments in Japanese immigration policy – particularly the December 2018 decision to admit more than 300,000 foreign manual laborers, the immigration policy response to the COVID pandemic, and the role of immigration in the 2021 House of Representatives election.


| Bio |

Michael Strausz is an Associate Professor of Political Science and the Director of Asian Studies at Texas Christian University. He earned his PhD in Political Science from the University of Washington in 2007. He is currently editing a collection of essays by an interdisciplinary group of scholars tentatively titled The Past and Future of Immigration in Japan which aims to put recent immigration reforms into context. His book Help (Not) Wanted: Immigration Politics in Japan was published in 2019 with SUNY Press.


| Date & Time |

u:japan lecture | s03e08

Thursday 2021-12-02, 18:30~20:00

max. 300 participants


| Plattform & Link |

Meeting-ID: 926 8570 4657 | PW: 533498


| Further Questions? |

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Institut für Ostasienwissenschaften/Japanologie und AAJ (Akademischer Arbeitskreis Japan)


Florian Purkarthofer
Department of East Asian Studies