(Re)Made in Japan: Directions for Research on the Identity, Economics, and Education of the Nikkeijin in Japan

Abstract

The story of the Nikkeijin community in Japan has always been intriguing to scholars, as evidenced by the scores of theses, dissertations, articles, and books the subject has inspired. This paper offers a review of the relevant literature and directions for further research to address some of the holes remaining in this literature in light of economic changes following the global financial crisis. I argue that the community's rejection of the Japanese government's 2009 financial offer in exchange for returning to their country of origin merits the continued attention of scholars. The review concludes with recommendations for large-N survey research to supplement the body of largely qualitative research that has developed thus far.