Alternatives to Foreign Labor in Japan
The Japanese engagement with issues connected to labor migration and foreign workers presents a stark and compelling contrast with the Israeli experience. By itself, the discussion in the last chapter supports the argument that state structure and the mode of economic governance were important determining factors in the entry of foreign labor to the Israeli labor market. The purpose of this chapter is to strengthen the general argument by analyzing the contrast between Israel and Japan. More precisely, we will consider why foreign labor has played such a small role in the Japanese labor market, in particular by relating this phenomenon to the way Japan’s economy is governed. In doing so, I also intend to present an explanation for the Japanese case itself that is more cogent than existing discussions.
KeywordsLabor Migration Wage Increase Foreign Worker Liberal Democratic Party Labor Shortage
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