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A Critical Review on Functions and Roles of Foreign Residents' Advisory Bodies in Japan : Focusing on the Case of Hamamatsu City

Choi Minkyung 1

1동서대학교

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ABSTRACT

While globalization is leading discussions on the protection of citizenship of foreign residents, especially of political rights, Japan does not grant local voting rights to foreign residents. To compensate for this situation, some local governments have set up foreign residents' advisory bodies to enable them to participate in local politics, and Hamamatsu is one of them. HFRC(Hamamatsu Foreign Residents Council) is centered on ‘Newcomer’, which promotes the social participation of foreign residents' groups, which had previously been difficult to establish close relations with Japanese society. And because it is a stable system based on the ordinance, it has a great influence on the whole multicultural coexistence policy of Hamamatsu City and is bringing about change. On the other hand, the increase in the legal stability and influence of the HFRC is paradoxical that it does not lead to an active movement to secure local voting rights. However, the ultimate political rights of the foreign residents, as well as the guarantee of citizenship, must be made through official methods of voting. To this end, the HFRC and other advisory bodies must act as platforms to actively lead discussions.

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