This is an excellent blog providing information on an enlightened and far-seeing policy move on migration. One aspect that should be benchmarked and studied with regard to the new policy was foreshadowed by the Emperor's final birthday speech on Sunday. He asked the Japanese people to embrace the changes that will occur to its homogeneous social structure and cultural values. Comments made in such a momentous speech foreshadows the cataclysmic changes that are likely to occur in Japan over the next decade. It is worth tracking the changes in the housing market, social security, inter-marriage, and education areas, a fertile ground for some enterprising Ph.D. students! Congratulations to Supriyo De for helping start the discussion.