chapter  6
The “newcomers” and Japanese society
ByRYOKO TSUNEYOSHI
Pages 20

The following chapters, in Part 2, deal with the inflow of the so-called “newcomers”—foreign workers, foreign spouses of Japanese, Indo-Chinese refugees, and others who have come to Japan since the late 1970s to the 1980s. Japan today presents an interesting case for observing the process of social diversification and the negotiating of boundaries from this angle, as it is a society with a homogeneous self-image, but is now being pushed to recognize the diversity within.