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Emergence and Development of the Point System for Global Talents in Japan

Choi Minkyung 1

1동서대학교

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ABSTRACT

Faced with the problem of population decrease and economic downturn, Japan introduced a point system targeting global talents in 2012. The purpose of the point system is to attract more global talents and make them work and live longer in Japan. Global talents are awarded points according to the standards of education, income, and other criteria. And if the total exceeds a certain point, preferential immigration treatments are granted to them. The most important characteristic of this system is that it includes a variety of measures to promote permanent residence of global talents. And this characteristic is seemingly against the non-immigration state identity that has been kept strongly during the postwar times. However, it is important to note that the abandonment of non-immigrant state identity is ‘partial’ and ‘strategic’, only for global talents with relatively high socioeconomic status. And this aspect only reinforces another principle related to the acceptance of foreigners in postwar Japan, the exclusion of blue collar workers and the acceptance of professional workers. In other words, the point system has the feature that it keeps the big frame of the selective acceptance of ‘desirable’ foreigners by ‘exceptionally’ abandoning the non immigration state identity with the least social burden.

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