About this website

This website was launched by Yamawaki Keizo in January 2003 in order to offer information in English about various aspects of immigration to Japan. It is mainly based on his Japanese website, which was created in April 1999.

Yamawaki Keizo is professor in the School of Global Japanese Studies at Meiji University, Tokyo. He received a Bachelor of Law from the Faculty of Law, University of Tokyo, and a Master of International Affairs from the School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University. After working as a programme officer in the Costa Rica office of the United Nations Development Programme, he became a research fellow at the Peace Research Institute of Meiji Gakuin University (PRIME), Tokyo. Then he joined the staff of the School of Commerce at Meiji University, and started to teach at the School of Global Japanese Studies in April, 2008.
His research interests include immigrant integration policy and multicultural community building. He has been on the committee on immigration policy of Ministries of Justice, Education and Foreign Affaires. He is best known as the chair of the committee for the promotion of multicultural community building of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, which issued a report in March 2006. It was the Japanese governmentfs first report dealing with immigrant integration issues. He also advises prefectural and local governments and has served as chair of committees on multicultural community building set up by Aichi, Gunma and Miyagi prefectures.

Address: c/o Meiji University, 1-9-1 Eifuku, Suginami-ku, Tokyo 168-8555, Japan
Phone: 81-3-5300-1156 Fax: 81-3-5300-1203 E-mail: yamawaki_keizo at yahoo.co.jp



Kindai Nihon to Gaikokujin Rodosha [Modern Japan and Foreign Workers], Tokyo: Akashi Shoten, 1994.

Edited Books

Chokataizai Gaikokujn to Zairyu Tokubetsu Kyoka [Overstaying Foreigners and Special Permit to Stay], coedited by Komai Hiroshi, Watado Ichiro and Yamawaki Keizo,Tokyo: Akashi Shoten, 2000

Kankoku Heigomae no Zainichi Chosenjin [Koreans in Japan before the Annexation of Korea to Japan], coedited by Kim Eung-Dal, Komatsu Yutaka and Yamawaki Keizo, Tokyo: Akashi Shoten, 1994.

Articles and Chapters

"Tabunka Kyosei Shakai no Keisei ni Mukete" [Toward the Formation of a Multicultural Society], Discussion Paper Series No. J-2002-5, Institute for Social Science, Meiji University, 2002.

"Shakai Togo Seisaku no Kochiku ni Mukete" [Toward the Formation of Social Integration Policies] with Kashiwazaki Chikako and Kondo Atsushi, Discussion Paper Series No. J-2002-1, Institute for Social Science, Meiji University, 2002.

"Sengo Nihon no Gaikokujin Seisaku to Zainichi Korian no Shakai Undo" [Postwar Japan's Policy on Foreigners and the Social Movement by Koreans in Japan] in Kokusaika to Aidentiti [Internationalization and Identity], edited by Kajita Takamichi, Kyoto: Minerva Shobo, 2001.

"Taminzoku Kokka Nihon no Koso" [A Vision for a Multiethnic Japan], with Kondo Atsushi and Kashiwazaki Chikako, Sekai, No. 670. 2001.

"Foreign Workers in Japan: a Historical Perspective" in Japan and Global Migration: Foreign Workers and the Advent of a Multicultural Society, London: Routledge, 2000

"Imin Kokka Nihon no Joken" [Challenges for Japan as a Country of Immigration], with Kondo Atsushi and Kashiwazaki Chikako, Discussion Paper Series No. J-2000-6, Institute for Social Science, Meiji University, 2000

"An Overview of the Influx of Foreign Workers to Japan," in International Female Migration and Japan: Networking, Settlement and Human Rights, Tokyo: PRIME, 1996.

"Japanese Views on the Role of Japan in the World and the United Nations," in PRIME, No.4, 1996.

"Two Myths regarding Foreign Workers in Japan," in PRIME, No.1, 1994.

Translated Publication

"A Vision for a Multiethnic Japan" (in Korean) with Kondo Atsushi and Kashiwazaki Chikako, emerge, September 2001.

Related Publications

"New legislation needed for a multicultural Japan," in International Herald Tribune/The Asahi Shimbun, 17 December 2002.

"Tabunka kyosei he kihonho seitei wo" [Establish a Basic Law for a Multicultural Society], in The Asahi Shimbun, 6 November 2002.

"Gaikokujin jido-seito: Tabunka kyosei wo mezashita kyoiku wo" [Foreign pupils: Toward the multicultural education], in Kyoin Yosei Seminar, September 2002.

"Too many foreign kids falling through the cracks," in International Herald Tribue/The Asahi Shimbun, 20-21 January 2007

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