Time and Date:
October 31, Thursday, 13:00 - 16:00 (doors open at 12:30）
Akasaka Resident Center Hall （address: 3F Akasaka Community Plaza, 4-18-13 Akasaka, Minato city, TOKYO）
Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) of Japan, International Organization for Migration (IOM)
Council of Local Authorities for International Relations (CLAIR), Minato city, Tokyo
While the aging of the population continues with low birth rate and labor shortage becomes more serious in Japan, the number of foreign nationals is increasing and reached the highest, about 2.7 million in 2018, which accounts for more than 2% of the total population of Japan.
Since the new status of residence "Specified Skilled Worker" was introduced in April 2019, the number of foreign nationals living in Japan will further increase in the future.
Under these circumstances, local governments and communities are expected to take various measures in order to accept and co-exist with foreign residents as a member society. In order to realize "co-existence" both foreign residents and Japanese community who accept them need to understand and cooperate each other. MOFA co-hosts with IOM annual "International Forum on Acceptance of Foreign Nationals and Their Integration into Japan," aiming to encourage debate among the people by providing opportunities to discuss concrete challenges and measures.
The forum in this year will discuss under the theme of "Smooth acceptance of foreign nationals in local communities". The forum will give the audience an opportunity to be shared the views, good practices and challenges on the theme.
We sincerely look forward to your attendance.
* English-Japanese simultaneous interpretation provided
13:05 Opening Remarks by
Mr. Koichi Mizushima, Director - General of Consular Affairs Bureau, MOFA
13:10 Speech by
Dr. Maria Nenette A. Motus, M.D.
Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific, International Organization for Migration
13:25 Presentation by a guest foreign expert
Dr. Lai Ah Eng
Adjunct Senior Fellow, Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore
14:05 Panel Discussion
Moderator: Professor Keizo Yamawaki, School of Global Japanese Studies, Meiji University
Mr. Soichi Kataoka, Mayor of Soja City, Okayama Prefecture
Ms. Rie Kato, Director of Nagoya International Center, Aichi Prefecture
Mr. Toshio Saito, Chairman, TS, Inc.
Ms. Masayo Shibata, Board Chairman, Japan Indonesia Association for Economy Cooperation (JIAEC)