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Managing borders and managing bodies in contemporary Japan

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Abstract


  • Matters of border control in twenty-first-century Japan interact with current social issues

    involving demography, the labour market and economic relationships with other countries

    in the region. Japan faces a rapidly ageing population, the highest life expectancy in

    the world, a birth rate well below replacement level and a shrinking population. Smaller

    families find it difficult to provide primary care for the sick, the elderly and those with

    disabilities, and the welfare system is stretched to the limit. At the same time, Japanese

    people are increasingly unwilling to undertake work regarded as ‘manual labour’ or ‘unskilled

    labour’. Thus, the management of border control is related to the labour market

    and the management of welfare. This is a range of policies which I would like to refer

    to as involving the management of bodies. This paper thus focuses on ‘the management

    of borders’ and the ‘management of bodies’ in contemporary Japan.

Publication Date


  • 2010

Citation


  • Mackie, V. C. 2010, 'Managing borders and managing bodies in contemporary Japan', Journal of the Asia Pacific Economy, vol. 15, no. 1, pp. 71-85.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-77951036569

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2842&context=artspapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/artspapers/1796

Number Of Pages


  • 14

Start Page


  • 71

End Page


  • 85

Volume


  • 15

Issue


  • 1

Abstract


  • Matters of border control in twenty-first-century Japan interact with current social issues

    involving demography, the labour market and economic relationships with other countries

    in the region. Japan faces a rapidly ageing population, the highest life expectancy in

    the world, a birth rate well below replacement level and a shrinking population. Smaller

    families find it difficult to provide primary care for the sick, the elderly and those with

    disabilities, and the welfare system is stretched to the limit. At the same time, Japanese

    people are increasingly unwilling to undertake work regarded as ‘manual labour’ or ‘unskilled

    labour’. Thus, the management of border control is related to the labour market

    and the management of welfare. This is a range of policies which I would like to refer

    to as involving the management of bodies. This paper thus focuses on ‘the management

    of borders’ and the ‘management of bodies’ in contemporary Japan.

Publication Date


  • 2010

Citation


  • Mackie, V. C. 2010, 'Managing borders and managing bodies in contemporary Japan', Journal of the Asia Pacific Economy, vol. 15, no. 1, pp. 71-85.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-77951036569

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2842&context=artspapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/artspapers/1796

Number Of Pages


  • 14

Start Page


  • 71

End Page


  • 85

Volume


  • 15

Issue


  • 1