International student migration has rapidly increased since the beginning of the twenty-first century and is expanding. On the December 9th, in the 3rd session of the Asia Education Leader 2023 Winter Course Pre-study Series, we were delighted to invite Prof. Hiroshi Ota, Professor of the Center for Global Education, Director of the Hitotsubashi University Global Education Program (HGP), Hitotsubashi University, to provide a lecture about International Students and Post-Study Work Opportunities in Japan. Sixteen students from AELC partner universities joined this session. Students had a group debate on the topic of “Should Japan open its doors more to immigrants or not?” In the discussion, the positive side group offered good reasons: "Japan should increase employment opportunities for international students upon graduation and expand its acceptance of immigrants as well as foreign workers (support pro-immigration policy).” The negative group shared their opinions that Japan should limit employment opportunities for international students upon graduation, accept a limited number of foreign workers, and not accept immigrants (against immigration policy). The discussion enhanced our understanding of the development of multicultural and multiethnic Japanese society. It also provided us with new insights into rapid changes influenced by the international migration movement in Japan.
Thank you very much for your participation!
And we look forward to seeing you all soon in AEL 2023 Winter Course.