Foreigners in Japan: A Historical Perspective

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Xlibris Corporation, Dec 20, 2008 - History - 324 pages
Japan began to fascinate the West after the account of Marco Polos sojourn in China. This set off an interest in the oriental world. The Portuguese, being the first, arrived in Japan in 1543 which was followed by others. The experience Japan had with Europeans put upon itself isolation for about 200 years. After the forceful opening by Mathew Perry in 1853, many Westerners again began to arrive in Japan. Later during the 1980s, there was an influx of migrant workers which become a hot topic of debate. The book throws much light onto the historical background as well as the events that lead up to the present state of affairs in relation to issues of discrimination, crimes and problems related to foreigners.
 

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Contents

THE EXPANSION DESTRUCTION AND REEMERGENCE OF JAPAN
128
THE JAPANESE OVERSEAS
143
THE ARRIVAL OF THE LATEST WAVE OF FOREIGNERS
164
PROBLEMS AND CHALLENGES CREATED BY THE PRESENCE OF FOREIGNERS
198
DISCRIMINATION
225
THE ISSUE OF CRIMES COMMITTED BY FOREIGNERS
243
BOOKS AND ARTICLES
307
Index
317

THE OPENING OF JAPAN TO FOREIGNERS
85
THE ANTIFOREIGNERS CAMPAIGN AND ITS CONSEQUENCE
97
THE ROLE OF WESTERN IDEAS IN THE MODERNIZATION OF JAPAN IN THE MEIJI PERIOD
111
Back Cover
325
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Gopal Kshetry, who graduated his master degree in economics from an American University, is an avid reader of Japanese history, and an observer of Japanese society, migrant workers and crime related to foreigners in Japan. He has lived in several countries, including Japan, and writes as a freelancer on current affairs of social and economic issues.

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