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By H. Mori

Within the moment half the Nineteen Eighties Japan has emerged as one of many new significant vacation spot international locations for migrants from Asia. The migrant labour pool used to be then joined via eastern descendants from South American nations within the Nineties. Japan's coverage of maintaining the labour marketplace closed to international unskilled staff has remained unchanged regardless of the 1990 immigration coverage reform, which met the growing to be want for unskilled labour no longer by means of commencing the 'front-door' to unskilled staff yet through allowing them to in via intentionally-provided 'side-doors'. This booklet throws mild on a variety of facets of migration flows to Japan and the current prestige of migrant staff as conditioned by way of Japan's immigration keep watch over procedure. The research goals to discover how the large arrival of migrants affected Japan's immigration coverage and the way the coverage segmented the international labour marketplace in Japan.

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Other foreigners who reside under classifications belonging to ATI1 and ATI2 are, by contrast, all relevant to labour market considerations. Second, although originally ineligible for remuneration within the scope of assigned activities, those residing as college and pre-college students listed in category ATI4 are given exceptional permission to work in the practical application of the immigration law. 2 Categories of Foreign Residents Note: a: Those registered at the end of 1993. b: Estimate by the Immigration Bureau, the Ministry of Justice as at 1 November 1993.

Source: Calculated from the Immigration Bureau, the Ministry of Justice, Foreign Registration Statistics 1992. 04 as at 1 October 1991. 97 as at the end of 1992. The discrepancy in figures suggests a preponderance of men among registered foreigners. 5 shows the sex ratio for ten nationalities with the largest number registered as at the end of 1992. The gender profile of registrants differs considerably by nationality. Koreans and Chinese, who include a considerable number of old-comers in their population, have a relatively balanced sex ratio.

16 One can classify the countries into two different groups: those with a relatively younger foreign population and those with an older one. Germany and the Netherlands fall into the first group and the rest of the countries constitute the second one. The age composition of registered foreigners in Japan lies in the middle. Japan's registered population includes also a number of old-comers. The heterogeneity of the foreign population in Japan renders its age composition intermediary in nature in comparison with the two European groups.

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