Incorporating immigrants as foreigners: Multicultural politics in Japan

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

6 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

With the growth of immigrant population over the past couple of decades, a 'multicultural' discourse has emerged in Japan. A notable point is that immigrants are expected to be incorporated into the host society primarily as foreigners rather than as Japanese nationals with full citizenship rights. The purpose of this article is to understand this prevailing mode of immigrant incorporation and to consider the comparative implications. By examining the discursive aspects of claims-making on behalf of both old-timer and newcomer immigrants, I argue that the underlying opportunity structures have been reproduced in each phase of immigration-related development in Japan, facilitating the use of the 'foreigner' category in advocacy efforts. Official recognition of the category has also helped to further institutionalize it as the main target of immigrant policy. In comparative perspective, 'incorporation as foreigners' can be understood as a variant of the ethnic model of immigration regimes in that it tends to reinforce the dominant ethnocultural conception of Japanese nationhood.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)31-47
Number of pages17
JournalCitizenship Studies
Volume17
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Feb

Fingerprint

politics
Japan
immigrant
immigration
immigrant population
advocacy
citizenship
regime
discourse
incorporation

Keywords

  • citizenship
  • claims-making
  • identity
  • immigrant
  • legal status
  • politics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Political Science and International Relations

Cite this

Incorporating immigrants as foreigners : Multicultural politics in Japan. / Kashiwazaki, Chikako.

In: Citizenship Studies, Vol. 17, No. 1, 02.2013, p. 31-47.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

@article{69277bf7230c4ef4a4dc97f0765c703f,
title = "Incorporating immigrants as foreigners: Multicultural politics in Japan",
abstract = "With the growth of immigrant population over the past couple of decades, a 'multicultural' discourse has emerged in Japan. A notable point is that immigrants are expected to be incorporated into the host society primarily as foreigners rather than as Japanese nationals with full citizenship rights. The purpose of this article is to understand this prevailing mode of immigrant incorporation and to consider the comparative implications. By examining the discursive aspects of claims-making on behalf of both old-timer and newcomer immigrants, I argue that the underlying opportunity structures have been reproduced in each phase of immigration-related development in Japan, facilitating the use of the 'foreigner' category in advocacy efforts. Official recognition of the category has also helped to further institutionalize it as the main target of immigrant policy. In comparative perspective, 'incorporation as foreigners' can be understood as a variant of the ethnic model of immigration regimes in that it tends to reinforce the dominant ethnocultural conception of Japanese nationhood.",
keywords = "citizenship, claims-making, identity, immigrant, legal status, politics",
author = "Chikako Kashiwazaki",
year = "2013",
month = "2",
doi = "10.1080/13621025.2013.764216",
language = "English",
volume = "17",
pages = "31--47",
journal = "Citizenship Studies",
issn = "1362-1025",
publisher = "Routledge",
number = "1",

}

TY - JOUR

T1 - Incorporating immigrants as foreigners

T2 - Multicultural politics in Japan

AU - Kashiwazaki, Chikako

PY - 2013/2

Y1 - 2013/2

N2 - With the growth of immigrant population over the past couple of decades, a 'multicultural' discourse has emerged in Japan. A notable point is that immigrants are expected to be incorporated into the host society primarily as foreigners rather than as Japanese nationals with full citizenship rights. The purpose of this article is to understand this prevailing mode of immigrant incorporation and to consider the comparative implications. By examining the discursive aspects of claims-making on behalf of both old-timer and newcomer immigrants, I argue that the underlying opportunity structures have been reproduced in each phase of immigration-related development in Japan, facilitating the use of the 'foreigner' category in advocacy efforts. Official recognition of the category has also helped to further institutionalize it as the main target of immigrant policy. In comparative perspective, 'incorporation as foreigners' can be understood as a variant of the ethnic model of immigration regimes in that it tends to reinforce the dominant ethnocultural conception of Japanese nationhood.

AB - With the growth of immigrant population over the past couple of decades, a 'multicultural' discourse has emerged in Japan. A notable point is that immigrants are expected to be incorporated into the host society primarily as foreigners rather than as Japanese nationals with full citizenship rights. The purpose of this article is to understand this prevailing mode of immigrant incorporation and to consider the comparative implications. By examining the discursive aspects of claims-making on behalf of both old-timer and newcomer immigrants, I argue that the underlying opportunity structures have been reproduced in each phase of immigration-related development in Japan, facilitating the use of the 'foreigner' category in advocacy efforts. Official recognition of the category has also helped to further institutionalize it as the main target of immigrant policy. In comparative perspective, 'incorporation as foreigners' can be understood as a variant of the ethnic model of immigration regimes in that it tends to reinforce the dominant ethnocultural conception of Japanese nationhood.

KW - citizenship

KW - claims-making

KW - identity

KW - immigrant

KW - legal status

KW - politics

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=84874534065&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=84874534065&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1080/13621025.2013.764216

DO - 10.1080/13621025.2013.764216

M3 - Article

AN - SCOPUS:84874534065

VL - 17

SP - 31

EP - 47

JO - Citizenship Studies

JF - Citizenship Studies

SN - 1362-1025

IS - 1

ER -