Date of Award

Fall 12-18-2020

Degree Type

Honors Thesis


International Studies

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


International Studies

First Advisor

Brian Dowd-Uribe


Although the immigration discourse is a taboo subject in Japan, the aging demographics and the need for workers has brought the topic into discussion. Part of the OECD community, Japan remains the eldest liberal country who up till recently avoided immigration to maintain its unique image. This thesis builds on Japanese and immigration scholarship to examine how new pro-immigration policies of the conservative Liberal Democratic Party may affect their electoral standing. By looking at official statements, newspaper polls, and the wording of policies, it will help examine new spaces of contestation that have yet to be studied. As a forward thinking political analysis, the LDP’s maintenance of electoral power and the progression of Japan’s immigration remains uncertain. Changes that should be made can be predicted by observing the rhetoric of the discourse, successful wording of policies, disconnect of efforts, bureaucracy as a monopoly and the disapproval in the governmental approach.