2017 国際助成プログラム International Grant Program      
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多民族化の日本を捉える ―共生を学ぶ留学生と日本人
Capturing Multiethnic Japan: Foreign Students and Japanese Learning to Live Together
Dipesh Kharel
The University of Tokyo
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企画書・概要 (Abstract of Project Proposal)


After the Japanese government has lunched a plan which aimed to attract 300,000 foreign students by 2020 as a part of a “global strategy”, the number of Vietnamese student increased by over 13 times within the last four years, from 4,373 in 2012 to 53,807 in 2016, making them the second largest foreign student community, and Nepali student entering Japan grew markedly from 2,451 in 2012 to 19,571 in 2016 became the third largest foreign student community. Despite of the rapid growth of Vietnamese and Nepali immigration to Japan, study in this area is so far limited. Indeed, these student immigrants' issues now deserve special attention in relation to the coming of a rapidly aging society with a low birth rate. More remarkably, as a community revitalization strategy, some depopulated towns such as Akitakata in Hiroshima are accepting these immigrants not only for “3K” jobs, but also decent jobs, and a permanent resident. Unquestionably, both the young immigrants and Japanese are sharing number of challenges and opportunities while living together and creating an inclusive society. The main purpose of this ethnographic film project is to document their experiences of Kyosei “living together” and disseminate this knowledge throughout the world.

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