Leftists have begun demanding that Japan, a country with low levels of immigration and a low crime rate, begin accepting “multiculturalism” after a half-Japanese tennis player with a Haitian-American father won the US Open.
Naomi Osaka became the first Japanese tennis player to win a Grand Slam singles tournament when she defeated Serena Williams in the final in New York City last weekend.
The fact that her win was greeted enthusiastically by some in Japan and that Osaka is mixed race provided leftists with an immediate excuse to insist that Japan open its borders to mass immigration.
In an article entitled Japan Needs ‘Foreigner Blood’ Like Naomi Osaka’s, the Daily Beast’s Jake Adelstein acknowledges that limited immigration, ethnically homogenous Japan has a low crime rate and that shootings remain in the single digits every year, but claims this is due to strong policing and gun control laws.
Asserting that “xenophobia runs deep” in Japan, Adelstein urges the country to “create the multiracial society it needs to survive and thrive as a nation” due to its declining birth rates, adding that the fact Osaka can barely speak Japanese shouldn’t be an issue.
“With a dwindling population but a slightly increasing number of international marriages, Japan has to decide how to combat racism, embrace multiculturalism and tolerance if it wants to survive,” he concludes, drawing attention to a UN migration plan that suggests in order to keep the size of the working-age population constant, Japan “would need 33.5 million immigrants from 1995 through 2050.”
Noticeably absent from Adelstein’s argument is the fact that the vast majority of immigrants do not go on to become star athletes. In reality, in most European countries that have opened their borders to mass immigration, migrants go on welfare and are significantly overrepresented in crime statistics.
Two example stand out. In Sweden, which has suffered a rise in sexual assaults, grenade attacks and other forms of violent crime since accepting a new wave of “refugees” in 2015, 58% of welfare payments go to migrants despite them making up 16% of the population.
Meanwhile, in Germany, which has seen recent protests against mass immigration, violent crime has risen over the last two years and 90% of it is due to migrants, according to the German government’s own statistics.
The Japanese population itself is also largely hostile to mass immigration, a view validated by the fact that despite accepting extremely few Muslim refugees, two of them were arrested in the suspected gang rape of a woman in Tokyo in 2016.
A recent poll of big and midsized firms found that only 38% favor allowing in unskilled migrants despite Japan’s population decrease and the opportunity to import cheap labor.
The number of foreigners living in Japan has doubled in the past decade to 1.3 million, but that remains below 2% of the work force.
As is documented in the video below, not a million miles away in South Korea, well over 500,000 people recently signed a petition saying they reject all Muslim immigration into their country. Protesters took to the streets carrying signs that said, “don’t be like Europe.”
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