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Professor KOMAI Hiroshi 駒井 洋教授 FGCA is a Japanese sociologist and Professor Emeritus at the University of Tsukuba and Shigakukan University. He graduated from the Department of Sociology, Faculty of Letters, University of Tokyo, in 1964, and completed his PhD in Sociology in 1997. He specializes in immigrant sociology.
His books include Foreign Migrants in Contemporary Japan (part of the Japanese Society Series; Trans Pacific Press; Illustrated edition 1, 2001). The book presented an overview of the current situation of foreign migrants in Japan, based on the latest and most comprehensive available data, and presents necessary policy recommendations. Special attention was given to workers under the economic recession, along with the condition of non-workers such as pseudo-exiles, self-actualization seekers and marriage/family oriented people. The study presented an analysis of deprivation and discrimination against migrants and examined human rights violations in areas including subsistence, residence, liberty and freedom, social life, culture and political participation. Hiroshi Komai, a foremost scholar in the studies of foreign residents in Japan, demonstrated the progress of settlement and the formation of ethnic communities. Examining the potential of migrants to transform Japanese structures, he proposed a policy to give migrants degrees of citizenship corresponding to the extent to which they have settled.
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