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Sunday, Oct. 21, 2001

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FOREIGN MIGRANTS IN CONTEMPORARY JAPAN, by Hiroshi Komai, translated by Jens Wilkinson. Trans Pacific Press, 2001, 230 pp., $29.95 (paper)

The arrival of growing numbers of foreigners in Japan since the late 1970s has shaken the popular conception of Japan as a homogeneous nation. In "Foreign Migrants in Contemporary Japan," Hiroshi Komai, a professor of sociology at the University of Tsukuba, examines the current situation of migrants in Japan, and analyzes what policy changes need to be made to counter the discrimination they still often face.

He also points to the potential migrants have to revitalize Japanese society and act as catalysts for positive change, as well as making the case for granting foreigners degrees of citizenship depending on the extent to which they have settled in the country.

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