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As a foreigner married to a Japanese national and living in Japan legally, I find the new laws with regard to immigration quite troubling. I do not disagree with the Japanese government’s desire to have a more effective system for visas and immigration of foreigners. However, I do have an issue with the tone and opinion that seems to be motivating these new policies — which is that foreigners are troublesome for Japan and need to be more closely monitored.

Japan has a very small foreign population, which is already very closely monitored. Many of these foreigners are here performing jobs that Japanese themselves either do not wish to perform or do not have the skills to perform, such as English-language teaching and business jobs. I am lucky enough to be from a country that welcomes people from all places. I am also lucky enough to have good employment prospects in my home country.

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