chapter  11
Concluding remarks: Implications for educational research and reform
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An underlying theme connecting the various chapters of this book is the extent to which the diversification of Japanese society is transforming the lives of minority and majority peoples and the relations among them. When compared with most other developed nations, minorities, including immigrants, still constitute a relatively small proportion of the Japanese population, but their growing presence makes it increasingly difficult for mainstream Japanese to ignore the “Others” in their midst, especially in those districts, termed “diversity points” by Tsuneyoshi (Chapter 7), where the concentration of foreigners and other minorities may be as high as one resident in four.