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Kawasaki’s Promotion Guideline for a Multicultural, Harmonious Society

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2017-02-23

Concerning Kawasaki’s Promotion Guideline for a Multicultural, Harmonious Society

The world is becoming more globalized as a result of changes in the social economy, and many people from various countries and regions are coming to Japan. Foreign residents who live in our community are therefore becoming more and more common.

Kawasaki’s Promotion Guideline for a Multicultural, Harmonious Society was published in 2005-the first of its kind in Japan-to realize a multicultural, harmonious society in which all people acknowledge each other, respect each other’s human rights, and live together as independent residents, making the best use of the diverse nationalities, ethnicities and cultures as assets. We have since systematically and comprehensively promoted policies related to foreign residents. With the recent changes in the environment surrounding foreign residents.such as the start of the new residency management system.as well as new issues, we are making revisions for the second time.

In revising this document, we kept the structure that had been established. To realize a multicultural, harmonious society, we identify important issues that highlight a new perspective when promoting individual policies. We considered the need for a comprehensive perspective for policies for all ages as well as issues defined by the results of the foreign resident awareness survey, and responded to issues related to all policies, while evaluating the particular promotional content of each policy.

Basic Objective:Achieve a Multicultural, Harmonious Society

Respecting differences in nationality, race, and culture, we aim to achieve a multicultural, harmonious society where everyone accepts each other, human rights are respected, and everyone lives in harmony as individual citizens.

Basic Ideal

(1)Respecting Human Rights

In acknowledgment of international principles, etc., related to human rights, we will strive to promote policies involving foreign residents with different cultural backgrounds so that they will not be discriminated against or have their human rights infringed upon.

(2)Promoting Foreign Residents’ Participation in Society

We will strive to promote foreign residents’ participation in society to ensure that they can make the best use of the rich skills they have as individuals, participate in various activities, and share the burden of city development as fellow city residents.

(3)Support to Encourage the Independence of Foreign Residents

We will strive to support foreign residents who face difficulties in everyday life due to cultural differences and a lack of Japanese-language skills so that they can gain independence and actively become involved in the local community while maintaining their cultural identities.

Basic Direction of Policy Promotion

1. Improving Administrative Services

  1. Providing administrative services
  2. Providing information and consultations
  3. Pension system
  4. Health and medical treatment
  5. Welfare
  6. Housing
  7. Disaster prevention

2. Promoting Multicultural Education

  1. Guaranteed school entrance and academic support
  2. Education that encourages respect for individual differences
  3. Academic support in the local community
  4. Support for the family

3. Promoting Foreign Residents’ Participation in Society

  1. Participation in city administration
  2. Activities by foreign resident groups in the community

4. Forming a Harmonious Society

  1. Raising awareness of city residents
  2. Raising awareness of city employees
  3. Employment of foreign residents by the city
  4. Raising awareness of employers
  5. Using the Kawasaki International Center

5. Improving Systems to Implement Measures for the Promotion of Policies

  1. Improving the administrative organization
  2. Collaborating with relevant institutions, volunteer groups, etc.
  3. Prevailing upon the national government, etc.

Important Issues

1. Improve multilingual information and interpreting services

2. Improve Japanese-language learning support programs

3. Create community centers for policy promotion

4. Consider policies meant to eliminate discrimination