Just a quick glance at the numbers of foreign residents in Japan and naturalizations, in honor of the The Economist article on the immigration and childbirth expansion programs. (Link)
Number of foreign residents in Japan
South Korea/DPRK 526,575
Taiwan 29,466 (new category)
% change in number of citizens residing in Japan since 2008
South Korea/DPRK -9.6%
Pretty stunning, that Brazil number, yes? Coupled with the figure for Peru, evidence that the ethnicity-based immigration policy has been an utter, humiliating failure.
And on the issue of ethnicity-based immigration
Number of naturalizations in 2013 (% change since 2009)
"Return naturalization" (kika) 8,646 (-41.5%)
All other naturalizations 1,030 (-34.5%)
I know what you are thinking.
"You mean if one excludes the special ethnicity based citizenship pathway, Japan has been adding about 1,000 citizens per year via immigration? And by all methods of naturalizations, the total number of added citizens is around 10,000? And both forms of naturalizations have declined by more than 30% over the last five years? And the natural change in Japan's population (births - deaths) in 2013 was -244,000?"