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Recent In-Migration To Peripheral Regions Of Japan In The Context Of Incipient National Population Decline

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This chapter examines the differences from the viewpoint of population migration, paying special attention to the peripheral regions of Japan where the problem of population decline is more severe. It discusses the importance of a regional perspective, the role of migration, and two case studies of population flows to peripheral regions: the inflow of middle-aged persons upon retirement and the inflow of foreign women marrying Japanese men. However, having stressed the importance of a regional perspective in this chapter, it is paramount that peripheral regions do not remain complacent about their position as a one-way supply area of young people to the three largest metropolitan areas. The chapter expresses strong interest in the possibility of ethnic minority foreigners contributing to a solution to or alleviation of problems related to population decline.

Keywords: foreign women; Japan; metropolitan areas; middle-aged persons; migration; peripheral regions; regional perspective



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