chapter  10
The kikokushijo: Negotiating boundaries within and without
ByMISAKO NUKAGA, RYOKO TSUNEYOSHI
Pages 29

Who are the Japanese returnees? The Japanese returnees (kikokushijo) are usually children of businessmen families who have spent part of their life abroad. As the Japanese economy grew, more business persons were stationed abroad, and more Japanese school-age children started growing up in other countries. When these families return to Japan, their children are called the ‘kikokushijo.’