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Toward an Epoch of International Immigration:

A Japanese Perspective and Experience

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The Center for Global Studies (ceglos), Graduate School of International Relations, University of Shizuoka, is organizing a forum on international immigration, with a focus on the social integration of immigrants into societal institutions. The ceglos forum will be held March 31, 2010, at Eizo Hall in Granship (near JR Higashi Shizuoka station) in Shizuoka.

Japanese law does not permit the entry of "immigrants." However, so many foreigners stay in Japan for extended periods. Japan, like other countries in the world, cannot stop the influx of foreign workers. How can the Japanese adopt a broad vision to cope with globalization?

The ceglos forum would be ideal for Japanese government officials, corporate managers, citizens, academics, and students to share ideas and discuss solutions for the issues surrounding globalization. It will offer three roundtables addressing issues related to policies, citizenships, and the identities of both the existing residents and newcomers from the perspective of global studies, a newly designed discipline. The speakers include:

  • Nobue Suzuki, an anthropologist from Chiba University
  • Keiko Yamanaka, an anthropologist form University of California at Berkeley
  • Saichi Kurematsu, a union leader
  • Jandyra Maeyama, a sociologist from Tokoha Gakuen University
  • Kimihiro Tsumura, an educationist from Hamamatsu Gakuin University
  • Kotaro Ogino, the president of NPO Platform Shizuoka
  • Kazuki Suzuki and other college students.

Date & Time: 13:20 p.m.–18:45 p.m. on Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Venue: Eizo Hall, Granship (near JR Higashi Shizuoka station), Shizuoka-shi, Japan

Coordinator: Takahito Sawada, Center for Global Studies, University of Shizuoka, and Kotaro Ogino, NPO Platform Shizuoka

Phone: 054-264-5254 (Sawada)

E-mail: sawada(at)

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