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Regarding the June 22 story “European business group urges Japan to relax travel restrictions,” a recent Gallup world poll found that if everyone in the world could live in their dream migration destination, Canada’s net population would increase by 147 percent. For Japan that increase would be 1 percent. With the travel ban only for foreign residents, the Japanese government is playing with a migration sentiment that is already largely negative among current residents and the future caregivers, construction workers and financiers which they so desperately want.

The question is: Does Japan want migrants more than migrants want Japan?

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