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    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on February 15th, 2007

    Hi Blog. Good article on local govt support for non-Japanese residents. Thanks to Olaf for notifying. Debito in Miyazaki

    KANAGAWA RANKS HIGH, OKINAWA LOW
    Wide disparities found in local support for foreign residents

    The Japan Times: Thursday, Feb. 15, 2007
    http://search.japantimes.co.jp/mail/nn20070215f4.html

    OSAKA (Kyodo) Large gaps exist in how well local governments provide useful information and linguistic and other assistance to non-Japanese residents, according to a recent study by a nongovernmental organization.

    Some of the disparities are quite dramatic, the Osaka-based Center for Multicultural Information and Assistance said in a report on the study conducted between October 2005 and last August.

    The center assessed 61 prefectural and large city governments, using a scale of zero to five for 16 categories related to foreign residents for a possible high score of 80. The categories included children’s education, language assistance and civil-servant recruitment.

    Scoring more than 60 points were Kanagawa and Hyogo prefectures and the cities of Kawasaki, Yokohama and Osaka.

    On the lowest side with scores of less than 19 were Aomori, Ehime, Saga, Nagasaki and Okinawa prefectures.

    Hiroshima, Fukuoka, Oita, Kagoshima, Kochi and Ibaraki prefectures earned scores in the 20s.

    The overall average score came to 41 points; the 47 prefectures averaged 38 and the 14 major cities averaged 50.

    “Enabling harmonious coexistence among residents of different nationalities and cultural backgrounds is a goal that local governments nationwide should strive to meet, but there are large differences depending on districts and categories,” said Taro Tamura, who heads the center.

    “There are problems even in some local governments with high total scores, so we want local governments to take appropriate measures by taking advantage of our findings,” he said.

    The center examined whether a local government has allowed non-Japanese to take part in formulating measures to aid such residents, whether it has helped foreign residents’ children get a proper education and whether it has helped residents get linguistic training in Japanese.

    Another category was whether local governments bar non-Japanese from certain public-duty professions, such as police officer and firefighter.

    The center said it gave five points to local governments that have no hiring limits based on Japanese nationality, while assigning three points to governments that impose limits only when hiring for the police and fire departments and one point if they limit foreigners to specific, limited fields.

    The Japan Times: Thursday, Feb. 15, 2007
    ENDS

    More on this blogged here:

    http://whatjapanthinks.com/tag/kobe+shimbun

    2 Responses to “JT/Kyodo: NGO ranks pref support for foreign residents”

    1. Kimpatsu Says:

      This makes me glad that I live in Kawasaki.
      You know, it’s interesting, but I have lived in various Japanese cities, and where I notice particularly widely differing levels of service has been at the immigration office. Kawasaki has certainly been the most helpful and polite on that, whilst Oji was the worst in terms of rudeness, and Osaka in terms of inconvenience.

    2. Ken Y-N Says:

      Debito, thank you for the link. I thought it was a bit of a lightweight article, but since then I have discovered another survey by the Cabinet Office that shows about 85% of the population think public safety has deteriorated to some degree over the last 10 years, with the top reason being foreigner crime. I’m usually an optimist, but I can’t find anything positive out of the survey at all:

      http://whatjapanthinks.com/2007/02/19/japan-going-to-the-dogs-gaijin-hanzai-foreigner-crime-blamed-part-1-of-2/

      or

      http://www8.cao.go.jp/survey/h18/h18-chian/index.html

      –THANK YOU BACK, KEN, FOR BLOGGING THE ISSUE SO EASILY FOR EVERYONE TO UNDERSTAND, AND FOR LETTING US KNOW ABOUT IT HERE ON DEBITO.ORG! DEBITO IN SAPPORO

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