chapter  3
25 Pages

Identity, Otherness and Migrant Labour in Japan

O ne cannot help noticing the extent to which the theme (If uniqueness pervades discourses about Japan. Non-Japanese who take Japan as their object of study are faced with the fearsome task of deconstructing the many myths perpetuated by the Japanese, and all too often repeated by foreign commentators. The bulk of this chapter is concerned with the issue ofJapanese identity and its part in the construction of racialized others. The remainder examines the role of narratives of 'homogeneity' in the current debates over foreign labour and their consequences for the human rights of the labourers.