Kokusaika and EPA: Japan’s migration policies in the era of globalization

Sejeong Oh

Studenteropgave: Speciale


The Japanese government’s official stance on immigration has long been characterized by a categorical refusal to accept low-skilled migrants into Japan. Although Japan’s front doors remained closed in this way, a significant number of migrants could enter through side doors as traineeships and enrolling in Japanese universities under the framework of kokusaika, i. e. the “internationalization” of Japan. A recent in Japan’s migration policies has seen the beginning an official acceptance of migration as part of the signing of bilateral Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) between Japan and countries in Southeast Asia. The study aims at a comparison between these two types of migration and influence of globalization on Japanese migration policies.

UddannelserGlobal Studies, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat
Udgivelsesdato29 jul. 2013


  • Migration
  • Japan
  • EPA
  • trainee
  • GATS Mode 4