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June 2019

TOWARD A MULTICULTURAL SYMBIOTIC SOCIETY

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THEME FOR June
TOWARD A MULTICULTURAL SYMBIOTIC SOCIETY

The number of foreign residents in Japan reached a new record high of 2.7 million at the end of 2018 while the number of foreign visitors also continues to increase, now exceeding 30 million per annum. A range of initiatives are being implemented at both national and local levels to accept, accommodate and integrate foreign nationals for the benefit of Japanese society as a whole.

FEATURES

Toward a Vibrant and Symbiotic Society

An interview with Shoko Sasaki, Commissioner of the newly established Immigration Services Agency

Living Together as Active Members of the Local Community

Toyohashi City in Aichi Prefecture is working to create a symbiotic society where people of different nationalities live together as active members of the local community.

Removing Language Barriers

A multilingual interpretation service launched by a Peruvian resident of Japan is helping non-Japanese speakers to meet challenges with peace of mind.

The Door to Multicultural Coexistence that Halal Initiatives Open

NPO Japan Halal Association is working to increase the number of halal-certified products available in stores and restaurants for the increasing number of Muslim travelers visiting Japan.

Foreign Professionals Connecting Japan with Vietnam

A precision auto parts manufacturer based in Iruma City, Saitama Prefecture has built close ties with Vietnam and enhanced its reputation through its continuous recruitment of talented Vietnamese engineering students.

Fukuoka Incubator Helps Dreams Come True

The city of Fukuoka is drawing in entrepreneurs from Japan and abroad through a generous program of business incentives and subsidies.

International Cafe a Popular Lunch Haunt

Non-professional chefs from fourteen countries are bringing variety to the menu and new value to their lives at a cafe in Minoh City, Osaka Prefecture.

“Good Morning” in Ten Languages

Multicultural collaboration is at the core of the curriculum at Yokohama Municipal Iida Kita Icho Elementary School.

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