Facing the Challenge of Immigration? The State, Civil Society and Structures of Interdependence
Is labor migration a solution to Japan’s shrinking workforce? The basic numbers tell us yes. The question, however, gets complex when we take into account political and societal factors influencing the current debate around this question. This paper addresses the facts and figures of labor migration to Japan as well as the evolving discourse on the issue. Of special interest is how civil society organizations shape this discourse. Specifically, how do civil society actors lobby their target actors? Do they make use of domestic and/or transnational structures of contentious engagement? Do they shape Japan’s structure of political interdependence among state- and non-state actors by addressing the transnational issue of labor migration?