【2/8 経済学部講演会の模様】

『Multicultural Japan』

Arudou Debito 氏(北海道情報大学 助教授)

 Professor Arudou talked about the challenges facing Japan as a multicultural nation. With a declining birthrate, an increasing immigration rate, and an increasing rate of international marriage the proportion of the population that is not "pure" Japanese is gradually increasing and will continue to increase. Furthermore for the sake of Japan's economic success and prosperity more foreigners will have to be allowed to live in this country. This means that the Japanese state and society need to address problems of discrimination based on race. Using examples, including his own experience in the "Otaru onsen case," when he was refused entry into an onsen because he did not "look" Japanese (even though he is a Japanese national) and subsequently took the onsen company to court, Professor Arudou showed the problems of racial discrimination that exist in Japan today. He urged Japan to adopt laws similar to those in other OECD countries that outlaw discrimination based on race.(Robert Aspinall)