Japan's welcome mat getting prickly - Los Angeles Times
IN QUEUE: People wait in line for security screening at New Tokyo International Airport last year. On Nov. 20, Japan will begin taking digital fingerprints and photographs of foreign visitors. New rules requiring fingerprints and digital photos of visitors are revealing about attitudes toward foreigners, critics say. By Bruce Wallace, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer November 11, 2007 TOKYO â€” The kind of greeting a foreigner receives at immigration upon arrival at an international airport can be a good, if imperfect, indication of the country that waits on the other side of the barrier.
London's Heathrow? Long queues and lousy service. New Delhi's Indira Gandhi International? Crumbling infrastructure and over-the-top bureaucracy.
Some Middle Eastern airports? Slow-moving lines that can be circumvented with the right connections and cash.
Now the Japanese government has created new immigration procedures for foreign visitors — rules that critics say are all too revealing about official attitudes toward foreigners.
Here are some facts that most people who've studied Japan know:
So why is this a problem now? It doesn't sound like news to me—more like the sun rising in the east. Or rather, the Rising Sun in the East. Well, the problem is that, apparently, in the world of the LA Times, Japan needs immigrants!
The story says that
But on the other, the Japanese government needs more foreigners. Japan has low unemployment by global standards and faces a demographic crunch as its population ages and workforce shrinks.
Well, I'm saddened to hear that the Japanese are suffering from "Low unemployment by global standards." But, hey, maybe they prefer their own standards! In any event, we've written about the horror of Japan's lack of immigrant welfare cases, crime, and disease in several articles, including "The New York Times Says Japan Needs Immigrants. The Japanese Politely Disagree" by Jared Taylor, and "Japanese Substitute Inventiveness for Immigration; NYT Shocked" by Steve Sailer.