According to this article, Japan has a history of baiting illiterate foreigners with promises of prosperity to contribute to the Japanese economy. Then, as their best years fade, their visas are not renewed due to their illiteracy and an institutional perception of them as the “others.” This seems to be a short-term problem to Japan’s long-term economic woes. However, the end of the article notes that such false promises are no longer as alluring as they once were and such workers have begun decreasing.
This leads to many questions of mine. If these people have been contributing to an already troubled Japanese economy, how much worse can things get? As this source of income and service dries up, will the situation deteriorate even more? Does this population contribute in any significant way to the Japanese economy?
Looking past this rather suspicious practice, it does seem that immigration may vital to Japanese economic prosperity. If talented immigrants can be brought in at a young adult wage, they have a lifetime of work to perform, decrease the age of the workforce, and the state only contributes towards their post-retirement benefits rather than also their childhood benefits, it would be a win-win for both parties.