With the issues of migration and refugees being such a hotly debated topic in Europe and America the implications have been widely misunderstood or misrepresented. Although immigration can have an initial cost to a country, the long term boosts immigration poses economically are far reaching. In a country that has to contend with an ageing population, low birth rate, economic stagnation, a labour shortage and the highest debt to GDP ratio in the world, something drastic needs to change to alleviate these issues.
Facing such economic stagnation, Japan needs innovation, and immigration could be the spark or kindling that this fire needs. Japan has the lowest rate of entrepreneurs in the developed world, as many more people strive to be hired by an established business there, than to start their own. Whereas immigrants that have left their own country, they may be default risk takers. They have bought their own experience with them and may therefore think outside the box more than a regular national. It’s no surprise then that immigrants are three times more likely to become entrepreneurs than native born nationals across the global.
To keep productivity up the average Japanese worker has the longest hours and the shortest holidays of any developed nations while they enjoy the same salary rates of their parents’ generation, with no guarantee of a pension. The Japan Centre for International Exchange is nonpartisan organisation dedicated to strengthening Japan's international networks of cooperation who view immigration as one of the most important issues facing the country, managing director Toshihiro Menju saying "We are reaching a point where if we don't start thinking about immigration, then Japan's future will be in danger" .
Japan needs to change their policy on this issue, as it could at least ease all of these problems, and at most solve them.