The question is not entirely topical.
Japanese policymakers are seeking more immigrationafter a long period of foreclosure.
The reasons for this are obvious.
Japan’s population is ageing and the birth rate is permanently at its lowest levels.Of course, this is not made any better by the fact that an ever-increasing proportion is no longer able to have children due to age.
The Japanese population, Google tells me, is currently 120 million people. Optimistic estimates suggest that Japan will lose one-sixth of them in a few years.Pessimistic estimates even expect up to two-thirds.
Everyone should be able to imagine what such a population loss means for this state in the medium term.”Less” prestigious jobs cannot be filled, in other sectors applicants are simply missing for quantitative reasons. Wages must rise to such an extent that many companies are running out of air. At the same time, prices must rise.
It is becoming particularly dramatic in the countryside.The depopulation of entire areas is to be expected, which in turn must have consequences for the infrastructure. It is not yet clear how the labour needs of the elderly will be met. And no, the remarkable Japanese robots won’t be able to do that.
The conservative Japanese government has recognized this and is now trying to reverse course.Let us hope for this fascinating country that it is not too late for this.
Well, what lessons can be learned as a German from the Japanese example?In my opinion, very valuable.
Immigration has been the “hot iron” in politics for a not innegligable minority in the Federal Republic for several years.The rise of the AfD proves this. And some are undoubtedly toying with emulate the Japanese model.
In this respect, it is a boon to the German debate (with all sympathy for the Japanese) that the Japanese have now reached a point that shows us the end of such a development.
Rich industrial societies tend to decline in births, there is no net migration, the population pyramid turns into an urn whose bulbous part shifts into ageing.
The results of the immigration policy pursued by the Japanese for a very long time are, without exception, strong pleas for moreimmigration.