The Mutual Implications of Social Security and Immigration Laws: the Case of Japan

Immigration is one of the latest responses of the Japanese administration in tackling both with globalization and the ageing of its population. As most of countries of the world, Japan has been faced in the last decades, with the pressing issue of an ageing population at the same time that it has been pressured (both internally by its economic actors and externally by Trade and Human Rights organizations) to open its borders to more immigrants, both workers and refugees.
Today we can state that over these years, Japan’s administration has been prudently preparing itself to respond to those pressures. It has developed various and sophisticated immigration control mechanisms, educated the population, amended legislations including social security laws. My presentation will focus on this last aspect, combining responses both to an ageing population, growing immigration, and their mutual implications in these fields of law, changes that were made, and those to be foreseen in the future.