Internal changes going on inside Japan in preparation of the 2020 Olympics

Interesting article on Japan’s internal changes going on running up to the 2020 Olympics. Observing Japan with a skeptical mind including the new foreign registration cards being introduced awhile back, the introduction of Japan’s My Number, as well as Japan’s preparations leading up to the 2020 Olympics, are worth looking at closer as to what is happening inside Japan politically as Japan tries to rebuild its image in the world. This article which was sent to me today might begin explaining a lot of what we’re seeing going on in Japan.
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How Japan is ‘bracing’ itself for the ‘2020 Olympics’, Or is it a Political Play?

Olympics Is Japan really preparing itself for the 2020 Olympics, or that is just a front for strengthening itself in the region? Is Japan really preparing itself for the 2020 Olympics, or that is just a front for strengthening itself in the region?

December 6, 2015

How Japan is bracing itself for the ‘2020 Olympics’, Or is it a Political Play?

Recently Japan had a census, but the reasons were not to know how many or who is and who isn’t around.

It appears things are taking a fast twist for Japan. Probably faster than we anticipated! If you look back on what has happened in 2015 alone, you may think of so many things Japan is headed to. Let’s just go back to three years ago, 2012. The Government of Japan kind of relaxed its immigration laws. The famous Foreigner cards formally referred to as ‘Gaijin cards’ were replaced with the now ‘resident cards’ or ‘Zairyu cards’. Probably the foreign residents of Japan now feel less alienated than before. Or are they? Or is this about the Olympics?

After this adjustment in the resident system, we saw Japan relaxing the visa procedures and rules for some of the South East Asian countries such as Indonesia. The benefits of this are already paying off. We see more and more East Asian tourists flocking into the land of the rising sun. while this still faces a lot of criticism from the native Japanese person, it’s probably one of the solutions to many of the challenges this country faces. We all know that Japan is dying; the population is shrinking so fast; the economy is ailing, and the world is not stopping for Japan to put itself in order.

Desperate measures have to be taken to reclaim the glory Japan always had. Among these is its opening up of international borders. But unlike the United States, Japan is almost a singular archipelago with limited external influence. Accepting many foreigners at a single go faces public resentment. It can however be tactfully done by letting in a few of them at a time; giving the local people enough time to ‘get used’ to their new environment, of for example having to accommodate the different cultures that come along. The opportunity to host the 2020 Olympics was not just a game of chance; it too was a calculated move to revive a nation that is still suffering from the damage caused by the great Tohoku earthquake in 2011.

Recently we saw Japan relaxing its foreign policy too, allowing the use of its military beyond the borders of Japan in order to aid its allies – such as the United States. That was followed by Japan entering into a gigantic trade agreement – the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). We all know who benefits from this and who stands to be exploited. In the last two years Japan has increased its overseas assistance to the South East Asian nations, further strengthening its influence in the region. Is China such a big threat to Japan? Or is this too about the Olympics?

Most of these preparations happened in 2015, including the new systems locally at home, in Japan. The ‘My Number’ system, designed to keep tabs on everyone in Japan, including foreigners who stay for more than 3 months. This is similar to the current resident cards carried by foreign residents in Japan. It is going to work similar to the Social Security Number of the United States, or the United Kingdom’s National Insurance Number. It shall carry the basic info of every resident in the nation. This too is already putting questions in the air, and some local residents are up against it. Do they have an option? Is Russia such a big threat to the US and Japan? I doubt…

So whatever awaits the duo in 2016 is yet to be seen. For now, keep checking here for more updates.

Additional reading:

Social Security Agreement between Japan and the Philippines