Yonsei Journal of International Studies
The Japanese government implemented what can be perceived as a short-term fix for the lack of available workforce by easing immigration restrictions and supporting a rapid influx of international workers at a level never seen by the country. To better understand the reality and prioritization of immigration in Japan, this paper will compare documents released by governmental agencies with written newspaper articles directed towards domestic and international audiences. This comparison will expose and highlight the dissonance in perspectives concerning the effectiveness of Japan’s immigration policy. Through examining Japan’s domestic newspapers and policies and outward-facing media, including governmental agencies’ documents aimed at international audiences, this dissonance emerges to reveal a cacophony of competing views over the current stage of immigration policy. Moreover, this comparison unveils how Japan walks a tightrope of fluctuating communication strategies to showcase effective immigration, such as assimilation and diversification, while enacting policies that support the use of immigration for economic purposes merely for short-term support, and how that dissonance is bleeding into the perceptions of media.
The Global Political Youth Movement:
Born out of necessity, the voice of the youth is actively taking control of and directing the narrative-future of their countries. Stereotypically ignored compared to the West, it is important to highlight the crucial and leading examples in Asian countries. In this article Matthew F. Fleming discusses the current global political youth movements and their desire to change the world.
Contextualizing Japan’s Relationship with Radiation
"From large death counts and multiple forms of survivors with life-long injuries, to the destruction of any sense of normality for people through displacements and contaminations of the land and water, the term Hibakusha truly encompasses what Japan's relationship with radiation really is." In this article, Fleming attempts to contextualize Japan's relationship with radiation as one encompassed by its victims and survivors. Through highlighting the history and various forms of exposure to bombings, black rain, nuclear testing, and nuclear power meltdowns, Fleming hopes to contribute to the expanding discourse on what it means to have a relationship with radiation.
Human Rights Protection: Contact Tracing In South Korea
Throughout history, there are moments in time that require extreme and unprecedented actions to combat them. While the necessity of these reactions is built on the substantial merit of validation, hastily and unchecked establishments have created unintended precedents for future laws. In this article, Matthew F. Fleming discusses the use of contact tracing in South Korea in response to the Covid-19 Pandemic and discusses the need for human rights protections alongside any form of emergency governmental action.
Baekdu-Daegan As The Spine of Korea
In this article, Matthew F. Fleming highlights the historical cultural, spiritual, and geographical importance of the Baekdu-Daegan mountain range on the Korean peninsula. Covering concepts of Gi, Pungsu Jiri, Deities, Geography, and War, Fleming draws attention to the range’s multi-faceted construction of significance in addition to this recent use as a political symbol for unification.
Japan’s Reevaluation of Individual Purpose
“What is it that makes life worth living? ... Originating in Okinawa, Japan, the word Ikigai refers to a person's reason and purpose in life. However, recently the rules of where this ikigai or happiness lies are changing.” In this article, Matthew F. Fleming highlights the decaying romanticization of self-sacrifice and the recent shifts towards finding happiness and purpose in personal development amongst the Japanese People.