Life for Foreign Workers in Japan

Harumi Befu, Professor Emeritus of Anthropology, Stanford University

Since the 1980s, non-skilled workers have been entering Japan legally in increasing numbers. Despite their growing presence in Japan, foreign workers often encounter discrimination. The roots of this discrimination run deep among many political leaders in Japan. Nonetheless there is a sizable number of Japanese at the grassroots level who promote a multi-cultural Japan and support foreign workers. Dr. Befu will discuss life for foreign workers in Japan, and how current conditions indicate positive changes ahead in Japan's future.Harumi Befu holds a PhD in Anthropology from the University of Wisconsin. Fieldwork in northern Japan led to his interest in the nature of integration of rural communities with the larger society. His current research is on the social and cultural aspects of Japan's globalization, both external and internal; his most recent project has been an analysis of Japan's national and cultural identity.

Thursday, September 17, 2009 | 6:00 pm — 7:00 pm
Union Bank Hospitality Room, 22 Peace Plaza, Miyako Mall, San Francisco

Center for East Asian Studies