Immigrants Flood Into Japan At A Record Pace

Tyler Durden's picture

Japan's demographic "time-bomb" has been widely documented in recent years: as we discussed most recently in February, as troubling as Japan's deflationary economic quagmire is, the biggest threat facing Japan has little to do with its balance sheet and everything to do with its demographics, for the simple reason that not only is Japan's population the oldest it has ever been, as well as the oldest on average in the entire world, but is now also officially shrinking.

Earlier this year, data released by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications showed that in the latest 5 year census, Japan’s population declined last year for the first time in nearly a century. The Internal Affairs and Communications Ministry said the latest census shows that Japan’s population as of Oct. 1, 2015, was 127,110,047 - a decline of 947,305, or 0.7 percent, since the last census conducted in 2010.   The number of Japanese dropped to 127.1 million in a national census for 2015, down 0.7 percent compared with five years earlier, and was the first recorded decline since the 5-year census started in 1920. As the Shimbun adds, in the 2015 census, men accounted for 61,829,237 of the population, and women 65,280,810.


The results were not surprising: Japan's ministry had estimated that the nation’s population had been declining for four straight years since 2011, but the latest results were  the first official confirmation via a census that the national population has gone down; more troubling a recent IMF forecast expected the organic decline to accelerate in the coming years.


But don't count Japan out yet.

In taking a page out of Europe's playbook, where the aging population is likewise shrinking if not at such a troubling rate, over the weekend, the government reported that the net inflow of foreign residents into Japan was the largest ever during the last statistical year, as the Abe regime pushes policies to attract foreign workers to lessen the economic repercussions from a declining and graying population.

Inflows of foreign residents reached 136,000 for the October 2015-September 2016 period, according to data released Friday by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications. That figure is more than 40% above the previous year's and the fourth consecutive net inflow of foreigners, as well as the largest net inflow since such records began in 1950.

According to the Nikkei, the population of foreigners living in Japan for at least three months was approximately 2.4 million, an increase of 500,000 in the last five years. The gap between the number of incoming foreigners and departing Japanese continues to widen due to the steady influx of immigrants.

With the native Japanese population of working-age people, aged 15 to 64, falling at a rapid clip, there is a growing recognition of foreigners as important workers. Policies calling for more foreign workers in medicine, education and infrastructure are likely to gain higher priority.


Behind the scenes of the influx of foreigners are expectations for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's economic policies. As the working-age population declines, companies are becoming more active in hiring foreign workers. Based on filings by businesses employing foreigners, the number of workers from overseas as of the end of October 2016 increased 20% from a year earlier to 1.08 million, exceeding 1 million for the first time, according to the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare.

Where is Japan's migrant influx coming from? While the nations of origin were reporetedly diverse, Chinese immigrant lead the pack together with growing numbers from Vietnam and Nepal. The increase was not limited to workers as more spouses also immigrate to Japan, raising expectations that they will boost personal consumption.

Japanese companies are stepping up hiring of foreign students and workers

Local retailers have been quick to jump on the bandwagon. In January, supermarket chain Life Corp. accepted 15 Thai technical interns. Summit, another supermarket chain operating in the Tokyo area, accepted 30 foreigners in fiscal 2017, more than fourfold the number from the previous year.

Meamwhile, the Abe government, sensing that the weak Yen, strong Nikkei phase of Abenomics is ending, has been pushing policies to encourage foreign workers with technological and management skills to come to Japan. The amount of time spent living in Japan required for permanent residency has been reduced. Foreign residents will also get more support in daily life through policies like greater subsidies for hospitals that hire full-time interpreters, Nikkei notes.

In addition to attracting foreign workers, effective policies dealing with the labor market, employment system and child care support are necessary. The portion of the population under 15 years of age reached a new low of 12.4%, while people over 75 make up 13.3%. This only increases the burden on the working-age population to fund pensions and medical costs. Improving medical efficiency by having the elderly pay more on their own will be unavoidable.

While the spike in immigration is a welcome offset to Japan's labor woes, the decline in the working-age population is not likely to be reversed according to a Nikkei analysis. The paper notes that "if something is not done, Japan's economic growth potential, which is hovering near zero, could decrease further. There are some home remedies. Women outnumber men in Japan by 3,402,000. The creation of a framework, centered around child care support, that encourages more women to participate in the workforce is essential."

Perhaps the solution to Japan's demographic quandary will be to adopt Merkel's "Open door" policy, and accept millions of Syrian refugees as productive members of Japanese society. In light of recent escalations in Syria, it is a certainty that a tapering of "supply" will hardly be a concern in the coming years. That said, the potentially explosive mixture of the mild mannered local population and the rather "impulsive" middle-easterners, may not be the most prudent decision Japan could make, perhaps explaining why unlike Europe, Japan - in far more dire need of immigrants - has not yet opened up its doors to this natural source of population expansion.

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flaunt's picture

Oh shit. Japan was a beacon of sanity... This is bad news.

SoilMyselfRotten's picture

Lots of homesteaders going to Fukushima, the land is a steal

Boris Alatovkrap's picture

Prefecture government is consider change name to Nukushima:)

remain calm's picture

The Japs just don't like to fuck like they use to. WTF

Skateboarder's picture

Y'know, like normal people did, before tentacle porn.

Troy Ounce's picture


Japan, as a country, has never been conquered in 100 000 years. They have never mixed with other cultures.

Soros apparently is now going to change this.

eforce's picture

Watch the documentary "Princes of the Yen"...

The damage socialism has done...

MEFOBILLS's picture

Princes of Yen was about the Bank of Japan blowing a real estate bubble.  Bubble economics has NOTHING TO DO WITH SOCIALISM.  Private creation of banking credit is not socialism, it is capitalism.  Specifically, it is finance capitalism, especially as the new banking credit comes into being against real estate, and not productive enterprise.

How can you watch the movie and not understand that much?

Japan prior to BOJ take over, used Credit Guidance Windows.  If anything, they moved away from Socialism, to a more "market" oriented approach.  The results, as can be seen in hindsight, are a disaster.


Graph's picture

You are talking to an idiot.

Do not waste your time.

techpriest's picture

Multiculturalism: The belief that a single culture called "multiculture" is the superior culture above all, which must reduce all other cultures to minor changes in food and dress.

ZeroPointOn's picture
ZeroPointOn (not verified) techpriest Apr 16, 2017 5:27 PM

I'm making over $7k a month working part time. I kept hearing other people tell me how much money they can make online so I decided to look into it. Well, it was all true and has totally changed my life. This is what I do...

LightBulb18's picture

Why call multiculturalism A belief when its imposed, in secret, with critics censored, and all branches of government incapable of stopping it or even exposing it?

Frito's picture

But they'll still keep their mascot Fukuppy

unsafe-space-time's picture

God is good. Winning good. Atheist/satanists fags will be destroyed for ever.

847328_3527's picture

Instead of incentiviznign their our citizens, these Globalist governments import tearrists and rapefugees. Why not offer more benfits to Japanese citizens to have chidlren instead?

It's the modern left wing globalist "thinking outside the box" policy evidently as they destroy their own cutlure. The worse part is the politicians and CEOs don't suffer a bit; the shit is forced onto the meir middle class same as America and Europe.

Still Losing Money's picture

need to teach the idiots that real sex is ten times better than VR sex

Giant Meteor's picture

Why would the powers that be do this, when they have spent so much time, energy and effort on discouraging the practice ?


techpriest's picture

The main discouragement was in the form of strongly encouraging the average Japanese kid to put school and career over absolutely everything, even spending 15 minutes a day with your spouse.

Anyway, the island had way to many people to begin with, and now they have to choose how to unravel their mega-Ponzi that has them in 200% debt-to-GDP.

NihilistZerO___'s picture

need to teach the idiots that real sex is ten times better than VR sex

But that's just not true.

Mine Is Bigger's picture

Are you saying you have had VR sex?

Or are you just camparing your fantasy about having VR sex with your fantasy about having real sex?

A courious mind wants to know :-)

Yog Soggoth's picture

I call BS. They could depolulate to a tenth of current and there would still be too many people on that island. God forbid anyone own a normal house on an acre of land.

mkkby's picture

Japan has always allowed foreign workers.  They don't get to stay and they don't get citizenship.  You make your money and then you are expected to leave.

Total bullshit article.  Jap women are totally horny and down to fuck.  They use birth control because kids are a hassle and career impediment.  It's a wise choice not to make babies unless you really want them, when the world is already over populated and drowning in pollution.

CorporateCongress's picture

I hate these articles somehow pushing for more people. In any sensible Eco-system populations decline one way or the other if the size is unsustainable. The longer you postpone (via debt / immigration etc) the more it will hurt.

mkkby's picture

Religions push this because the want their flock of controlled sheep to be larger.  It's all about money and power.

Religion has to die before humans can become rational.

MEFOBILLS's picture

Japan to guest workers, "thanks, but you can leave now.",8599,1892469,00.html


How quickly we forget.  Japan is an ethnostate.  Importing workers brings with it social problems.  These problems ARE NOT MONETIZED on economist's ledgers.  In other words, this desire for workers has hidden costs that economists ignore.  Economists are liars with numbers.

Tell us all about the hidden costs of muslim immigrants in Sweden or France?  How do you monetize the cost of rape?  How do you monetize the cost of not being able to walk around at night?  How do you monetize the cost of losing your future, to make a few yen today?

The author's quote about immigrating Syrian's to China almost blew my brains out of my ears.  How can any serious person think that immigrating Syrians to Japan is a good idea?  Only an economist from the West can think in such an ignorant way.

It is much better to let the economy slow down, even contract, than immigrating indigestible foreigners.  If you do immigrate foreigners - be sure an be able to tell them "you can leave now."


Kenny Drebson's picture

spot on.

the goal is to have pseudo-right (neocons) bomb and destabilize thrid-world nations to create displacement and opportunism.  the pseudo-left (globalists) will in turn welcome these migrants into wealthier nations where birth rates are low due to fake economic recovery and diminished prospects for locals.  globalists will lure migrants by incentivizing child birth and offering handouts to 'newcomers', and criticize you for being 'intolerant' if you call them out on their con game.

this increased spending on migrants in wealthier nations creates new jobs and artificially stimulates the economy for the elite while destroying indigenous populations.

ultimately, once europe is sufficiently 'diversified', they will roll out GLOBAL governance since it will be argued that these once-different nations now share many of the same problems (ie. terrorism) and it would be far more 'efficient' to control them in blocs.

Giant Meteor's picture

One big kumbaya weenie roast from hell ...

Not lookin good for anyone's home team ..

Participation trophies for everyone I suppose ...


CheapBastard's picture

Exactly. I don't see Meryl Streep, Obama or the wookie, Stepanopolis, Mika, Rachel Madcow, etc taking in refugees or rubbing shoulders with rapefugees like the average working American does.

The most dangerous Americans are the wealthy left wing Democrats who forces shit onto the working American while living in a mansion behind well-guarder gates and high walls like Zuckerberger.

frontierland's picture

Like Huntington said, "Islam has Bloody Borders."

Grumbleduke's picture

I hear there's cheap labor to be had over there in Lybia...

Guess the foreign workers won't be camel specialists or toyota drivers?

Boris Alatovkrap's picture

Japan is size of California, is reach from Alaska to Baja on Latitiude, but is volcanic chain of island with only 9% arable land that is 50% urbanize to accomodate more than half population of America (125M). Population is 90% ancestral Japanese and 90% of foreigner is Korean that is born in Japan (no citizenship for Korean).

No room in Japan for person of immigrant or even idea of immigrant.

… but what is Boris know.

man of Wool's picture

I think their population is going down in size. The guys have lost interest in sex amonst other things.

There is always room if you are wanted.

flaminratzazz's picture

There is always room if you are wanted.

for a tax donkey..

East Indian's picture

The guys have lost interest in sex amonst other things.


Since 1990s, Japan has slipped into the hands of a few oligarchs; they own everything in Japan; others slave for them so much, pay so much interest out of their income, they lost interest in starting a family. 

Feudalism leads to population reduction anyway. 

Giant Meteor's picture

Correct, and that my friends seems like the trendline for much of the globe ..


flaunt's picture

That's crazy. Half the population of the USA on a silver of land the size of CA... No wonder their population is dropping off.  They don't need any more people there. GD globalists!

Still Losing Money's picture

you do realize that POPULATION CONTROL IS A GLOBALIST GOAL, RIGHT? guess not

UnschooledAustrianEconomist's picture

No, it's not. Eternal growth, including population growth, to keep the Ponzi going.

exonomic halfbreed's picture

After you read about the desires of the elite, I assume you will be more aware of multifactorial culling of the herd which is proceeding at an accelerating rate.

kareninca's picture

The population of the U.S. is 325 million.  The population of Japan is about 125 million.  So, the population of Japan is about 38 percent of the population of the U.S.  Not half; closer to a third.  It used to be about half, but then our population surged.  Anyway, even so, they are insanely crowded.

Boris Alatovkrap's picture

Boris is not count illegal immigrant… sorry, "undocument dreamer"… or prison population when cite US population number.

Son of Captain Nemo's picture

Yes but of course???!!!...

WHO wouldn't pass up an opportunity to live and work in "post-80's" QE infinity Japan???...

Building your own custom 1 to 2 lot acre dream home in the Fukushima prefecture for less than $10,000 in the worst commercial nuclear disaster in history???... Dining on the best mercury laden radioactive fish ON THE PLANET?!!!

It's a dream come true!... Second ONLY to immigrating into the U.S.A.!!!

Yen Cross's picture

 Fukugenous infusions?

UpAndDown's picture
UpAndDown (not verified) Apr 16, 2017 12:30 PM

Because every immigrant's dick is BIG in Japan:

jet20's picture

As long as Japan makes sure that the Religion of Peace is not permitted in immigration, not much can go wrong...