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Migration and Competitiveness: Japan and the United States: September 13-14, 2012

Migration and Competitiveness: Japan and the United States

Thursday-Friday, September 13-14, 2012
Kwansei Gakuin University Tokyo Marunouchi Campus, 10th Floor

This workshop explores the effects of immigrants on the competitiveness of particular economic sectors in Japan and the US. Each presentation has five sections: an industry profile, migrant employment patterns, the effects of migrants, links between migration, labor and other policies, and alternative options and scenarios.

The industry profile explains the current structure of output and employment, including the use of subcontractors and migrant workers by geography, occupation, size of employer and other factors. Migrant employment outlines the current role of migrants, the evolution of migrant employment, and changes to migrant employment patterns. The third section examines the effects of migrants on the 3 R’s of labor markets, recruitment, remuneration or pay, and retention. The policies section deals with the interaction of migration and labor policies and how these interactions affect labor markets in the short-, medium-, and long-terms. The concluding options and scenarios section reviews current policy debates and their consequences for the industry, local and migrant workers, and consumers and society, including the integration of migrants and their families. The focus throughout is the impact of migrants on competitiveness.

Papers presented in Berkeley in March 2012 are posted at: //

We are grateful to the Center for Global Partnership, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and the Osaka School of International Public Policy for support of this workshop. If you wish to participate, please RSVP by contacting Yasushi Iguchi and Philip Martin.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Welcome and introductions, Yasushi Iguchi, KGU, Philip Martin, UCD
Migration Patterns and Economic Competitiveness (20 minute presentations)
United States, Philip Martin, University of California, Davis
Japan, Yasushi Iguchi, Kwansei Gakuin University
Discussion, Haruko Satoh, Osaka University
United States, Philip Martin, University of California, Davis
Japan, Mitsuyoshi Ando, University of Tokyo and Kenji Horiguchi, Waseda University
Discussants, (12 minutes each)
Masahiko Shiraishi, Tokyo University of Agriculture,
Yoshiaki Yoshida, Chiba University
Health Care
United States, Lindsay Lowell, Georgetown University: paper, presentation
Japan, Jun Inoue, Hitotsubashi University: paper, presentation
Hiroki Sato, Osaka University
Science and Engineering
United States, Norm Matloff, University of California, Davis: paper, presentation
Japan, Nana Oishi, Sophia University
Discussants: Bryan Norton, T-Mark Inc
Yasutaka Saeki, Columbia University
SME Manufacturing, Construction, and Meatpacking
Construction and Meatpacking, United States, Philip Martin, University of California, Davis
SME Manufacturing Japan, Yasushi Iguchi, Kwansei Gakuin University
Field trip overview of Chinese and Indian business in Japan
Yasushi Iguchi and Hiroaki Sato
Dinner at Café Swan

Friday, September 14, 2012

Meeting with Sanjeev Sinha, Sun and Sands Advisors, Marunouchi, Tokyo
Meeting with Aps Mani, Indian Community Activities, Shimbashi, Tokyo
Depart for Chinatown in Yokohama by car
Tour and lunch with Hiromichi Li, VP, Chinatown Development Association, Yokohama
Return to Tokyo