A paradigm shift needs to occur in the Japanese cultural attitude toward foreigners that influences immigration policies. Some of us perceive an attitude of: “We really don’t want you foreign barbarians in our pure society in the first place, but in reality we have to let you in for specific needs. We prefer that you quickly leave once your business is completed. Since we are fascinated by foreign things, while simultaneously repelled by them, we want to be allowed to freely visit other countries to engage in whirlwind sightseeing tours and shopping orgies with minimal interaction with the local population, all the while being treated like VIPs.” This attitude (to the extent that it exists) must change before meaningful immigration reform can occur.
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