Quality of Life in Japan and Emigration

The Perspectives of Japanese Skilled Immigrants in Australia

Nana Oishi, Iori Hamada

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Researchpeer-review

Abstract

The number of Japanese citizens living outside Japan has been increasing in the last four decades: it has risen almost threefold since the mid-1980s. What drives Japanese nationals to move away from their home country? Drawing on the narratives of 32 Japanese skilled immigrants in Australia, this study argues that their perceptions of QOL haves played a major role. These perceptions differ across individuals’ life stage and gender, and particularly the time of immigration. This study found distinctive differences in the QOL perceptions between those who arrived before the Great East Japan Earthquake and Fukushima disasters in 2011 and those who came after 2011. Many studies have already pointed out the significance of “lifestyle migration,” where non-economic factors have attracted Japanese immigrants to Australia. While acknowledging its importance for those who arrived before 2011, this study found that the most prominent drivers for the post-2011 Japanese immigrants were not lifestyle, but rather their acute perceptions of environmental, economic, and socio-political risks that could undermine the long-term QOL for themselves and their families.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationQuality of Life in Japan
Subtitle of host publicationContemporary Perspectives on Happiness
EditorsMing-Chang Tsai , Noriko Iwai
Place of PublicationSigapore
PublisherSpringer
Pages193-214
Number of pages21
Volume13
Edition1
ISBN (Electronic)9789811389108
ISBN (Print)9789811389092
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Publication series

NameQuality of Life in Asia
PublisherSpringer
Volume13
ISSN (Print)2211-0550
ISSN (Electronic)2211-0569

Keywords

  • Quality of life
  • Skilled immigrants
  • Work-life balance
  • Gender equality
  • Environmental risk
  • Disaster management
  • Australia
  • Japan skilled immigrants

Cite this

Oishi, N., & Hamada, I. (2020). Quality of Life in Japan and Emigration: The Perspectives of Japanese Skilled Immigrants in Australia. In M-C. Tsai , & N. Iwai (Eds.), Quality of Life in Japan: Contemporary Perspectives on Happiness (1 ed., Vol. 13, pp. 193-214). (Quality of Life in Asia; Vol. 13). Sigapore: Springer.
Oishi, Nana ; Hamada, Iori. / Quality of Life in Japan and Emigration : The Perspectives of Japanese Skilled Immigrants in Australia. Quality of Life in Japan: Contemporary Perspectives on Happiness. editor / Ming-Chang Tsai ; Noriko Iwai. Vol. 13 1. ed. Sigapore : Springer, 2020. pp. 193-214 (Quality of Life in Asia).
@inbook{d7b47e21254e49fbb858090ff56cace3,
title = "Quality of Life in Japan and Emigration: The Perspectives of Japanese Skilled Immigrants in Australia",
abstract = "The number of Japanese citizens living outside Japan has been increasing in the last four decades: it has risen almost threefold since the mid-1980s. What drives Japanese nationals to move away from their home country? Drawing on the narratives of 32 Japanese skilled immigrants in Australia, this study argues that their perceptions of QOL haves played a major role. These perceptions differ across individuals’ life stage and gender, and particularly the time of immigration. This study found distinctive differences in the QOL perceptions between those who arrived before the Great East Japan Earthquake and Fukushima disasters in 2011 and those who came after 2011. Many studies have already pointed out the significance of “lifestyle migration,” where non-economic factors have attracted Japanese immigrants to Australia. While acknowledging its importance for those who arrived before 2011, this study found that the most prominent drivers for the post-2011 Japanese immigrants were not lifestyle, but rather their acute perceptions of environmental, economic, and socio-political risks that could undermine the long-term QOL for themselves and their families.",
keywords = "Quality of life, Skilled immigrants, Work-life balance, Gender equality, Environmental risk, Disaster management, Australia, Japan skilled immigrants",
author = "Nana Oishi and Iori Hamada",
year = "2020",
language = "English",
isbn = "9789811389092",
volume = "13",
series = "Quality of Life in Asia",
publisher = "Springer",
pages = "193--214",
editor = "{Tsai }, Ming-Chang and Noriko Iwai",
booktitle = "Quality of Life in Japan",
edition = "1",

}

Oishi, N & Hamada, I 2020, Quality of Life in Japan and Emigration: The Perspectives of Japanese Skilled Immigrants in Australia. in M-C Tsai & N Iwai (eds), Quality of Life in Japan: Contemporary Perspectives on Happiness. 1 edn, vol. 13, Quality of Life in Asia, vol. 13, Springer, Sigapore, pp. 193-214.

Quality of Life in Japan and Emigration : The Perspectives of Japanese Skilled Immigrants in Australia. / Oishi, Nana; Hamada, Iori.

Quality of Life in Japan: Contemporary Perspectives on Happiness. ed. / Ming-Chang Tsai ; Noriko Iwai. Vol. 13 1. ed. Sigapore : Springer, 2020. p. 193-214 (Quality of Life in Asia; Vol. 13).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Researchpeer-review

TY - CHAP

T1 - Quality of Life in Japan and Emigration

T2 - The Perspectives of Japanese Skilled Immigrants in Australia

AU - Oishi, Nana

AU - Hamada, Iori

PY - 2020

Y1 - 2020

N2 - The number of Japanese citizens living outside Japan has been increasing in the last four decades: it has risen almost threefold since the mid-1980s. What drives Japanese nationals to move away from their home country? Drawing on the narratives of 32 Japanese skilled immigrants in Australia, this study argues that their perceptions of QOL haves played a major role. These perceptions differ across individuals’ life stage and gender, and particularly the time of immigration. This study found distinctive differences in the QOL perceptions between those who arrived before the Great East Japan Earthquake and Fukushima disasters in 2011 and those who came after 2011. Many studies have already pointed out the significance of “lifestyle migration,” where non-economic factors have attracted Japanese immigrants to Australia. While acknowledging its importance for those who arrived before 2011, this study found that the most prominent drivers for the post-2011 Japanese immigrants were not lifestyle, but rather their acute perceptions of environmental, economic, and socio-political risks that could undermine the long-term QOL for themselves and their families.

AB - The number of Japanese citizens living outside Japan has been increasing in the last four decades: it has risen almost threefold since the mid-1980s. What drives Japanese nationals to move away from their home country? Drawing on the narratives of 32 Japanese skilled immigrants in Australia, this study argues that their perceptions of QOL haves played a major role. These perceptions differ across individuals’ life stage and gender, and particularly the time of immigration. This study found distinctive differences in the QOL perceptions between those who arrived before the Great East Japan Earthquake and Fukushima disasters in 2011 and those who came after 2011. Many studies have already pointed out the significance of “lifestyle migration,” where non-economic factors have attracted Japanese immigrants to Australia. While acknowledging its importance for those who arrived before 2011, this study found that the most prominent drivers for the post-2011 Japanese immigrants were not lifestyle, but rather their acute perceptions of environmental, economic, and socio-political risks that could undermine the long-term QOL for themselves and their families.

KW - Quality of life

KW - Skilled immigrants

KW - Work-life balance

KW - Gender equality

KW - Environmental risk

KW - Disaster management

KW - Australia

KW - Japan skilled immigrants

M3 - Chapter (Book)

SN - 9789811389092

VL - 13

T3 - Quality of Life in Asia

SP - 193

EP - 214

BT - Quality of Life in Japan

A2 - Tsai , Ming-Chang

A2 - Iwai, Noriko

PB - Springer

CY - Sigapore

ER -

Oishi N, Hamada I. Quality of Life in Japan and Emigration: The Perspectives of Japanese Skilled Immigrants in Australia. In Tsai M-C, Iwai N, editors, Quality of Life in Japan: Contemporary Perspectives on Happiness. 1 ed. Vol. 13. Sigapore: Springer. 2020. p. 193-214. (Quality of Life in Asia).