Rigid Japan

Erdol Dogan, a Kurd, fled Turkey in 1999 because of religious and ethnic persecution and arrived in Japan. He has twice applied for refugee status but was denied due to Japan’s rigid system against accepting immigrants, particularly refugees. “I couldn’t have a job, I couldn’t do anything,” he said about attempting to live in Japan. The family only survived due to assistance from relatives.

At some point, Japan must face reality, it is an aging society which will witness a dramatic decline in population by 2050 unless it alters policies regarding allowing immigration into the country. One can understand Japan’s desire to maintain its culture and values, but it fails realizing that refugees might also welcome Japan’s values and culture. Japan has two choices — population decline or get breakthroughs in robot production so the Japanese people can mistreat robots in ways they could not do to humans.