Public Perceptions of Citizenship and Migration in Japan

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Monday, February 28, 2022 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
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Is migration a plausible option in combating aging and shrinking populations in countries with a strong emphasis on ethnic homogeneity? What kind of policies would be ideal to realize a multicultural society in such countries? To answer these questions, this presentation explores Japanese people’s views on citizenship (their views on naturalization) and migration (factors impacting their views on migrants). Based on several survey experiments, it aims to provide evidence to influence policy discussions in regard to the future direction of these policies under the new Cabinet. Specifically, it aims to highlight limitations with the current one-way assimilationist approaches pursued by the past Cabinets and to suggest a consolidation of social integration policies for both Japanese natives (i.e., recognizing and appreciating cultural diversities) and incoming migrants (i.e., understanding Japanese language and culture).
Yujin Woo is an assistant professor at the Graduate School of Law of Hitotsubashi University (Tokyo, Japan) and a research fellow at Waseda Institute of Political Economy of Waseda University (Tokyo, Japan). She previously served as a postdoctoral researcher at Waseda University (supported by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science) and Stanford University. She earned a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Virginia. Her research focuses on migration policymaking and public sentiment toward migrants.

Yujin Woo - Assistant Professor of Law, Hitotsubashi University