Since I’ve spent a fair amount of time in Japan, I found this interesting but not surprising; Japan Refuses Refugees, Will ‘Prioritize Its Citizens First.’ Excerpt:
Yes, leftists are still recoiling from the Donald’s “Muslim ban.” Which isn’t a Muslim ban, by the way. Read more about it here. Since news of it broke, there’s been a lot of silly talk about violating human rights and such. You know, typical leftist claptrap. But as it turns out, not everyone hates the “ban.” Apparently the Japanese drew some inspiration from Trump. Their Prime Minister laid down the law on refugees, Samurai-style…
Japan’s prime minister said Tuesday that his nation needs to attend to its own demographic challenges posed by falling birth rates and an aging population before opening its doors to refugees.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced at the U.N. General Assembly that Japan… will provide $1.5 billion in emergency aid for refugees and for stabilization of communities facing upheaval. But speaking to reporters later Tuesday he poured cold water on the idea of Japan opening its doors to those fleeing.
He said Japan first needed to attend to domestic challenges which he proposes to tackle under a revamped economic policy that aims to boost GDP to a post-war record level, while bolstering the social security system to support families.
Good job, Japan. You said something that doesn’t suck. Keeping your people safe and secure should always be priority number one. You know, because the open-borders way? Doesn’t work out too hot. Just ask Europe (see Dear France: How’s That ‘Multiculturalism’ Working Out For You?). If they have a moment to spare between bombings, that is. It appears Japan got wind of all the terrorism and would rather focus on one of its many other problems before adding to their plate. Can’t say I blame them.
Now, folks that are more familiar with Japan and its unique culture won’t be surprised by this. Japan, open and friendly as I’ve always found the place, is still a rather insular society. They welcome visitors, but immigrants, not so much. Obtaining permanent residency is Japan is difficult, and citizenship is extremely difficult. Japan is still mostly a racially and culturally homogenous society (one of the requirements of gaining citizenship is taking a Japanese name; just for fun Mrs. Animal and I figured ours out. Our family name would be 廷吏, or Takasato, my given name 神将 [Kotaka], hers 朝日[Asahi}.)
More to the point, Japan has much the same attitude President Trump has been voicing since the primaries in the summer of 2015. They put Japan’s interests ahead of those of other countries; and Team Crowder is right when they point out that the American Left has been silent on that score. To be fair, they think they can influence American policy, but there’s no chance they can influence Japan’s.
Still. Sauce for the goose, eh?