The National Museum of Ethnology (Minpaku) is a research center for ethnology and cultural anthropology.

Multiethnic Japan: The Life and History of Immigrants

Multiethnic Japan - Life and History of Immigrants -

March 25 (Thu.) - June 15 (Tue.), 2004
Venue: Special Exhibition Hall, National Museum of Ethnology
Admission Charges:
Adults: ¥420 (Individual) / ¥350 (Group: more than 20 people)
Students (Senior High School and College): ¥250 (Individual) / ¥200 (Group: morethan 20 people)
Children (Elementary and Junior High Schools): ¥110 (Individual) / ¥90 (Group: more than 20 people)
*Students of elementary, junior and senior high schools can enter the museum for free on Saturday.
*No additional payment is required for entry to the permanent exhibition.
*No admission fee is charged on May 5.
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The purpose of the Special Exhibition

Focusing on the changing Japanese society with the rapidly increasing number of foreign residents in Japan, this special exhibition aims to explore the path to harmonious co-existence with them in the future.
Japan has seen kaleidoscopic changes over the past twenty years dubbed as the time of the bubble boom or globalization. In hindsight, the fast-growing population of foreign residents in Japan has contributed to remarkable changes in Japanese society. It has become quite common to happen to have friends, colleagues, neighbors, or family members from abroad in such living circumstance as schools or work places, let alone out on the streets and transport facilities.
Today, the number of foreign residents is 1.8 million, which is about double what it was fifteen years ago and it accounts for 1.5 percent of the total residents of Japan. Japanese society is undergoing a drastic change towards harmonious co-existence with immigrants on the initiative of local communities, governments and NGOs. There truly exist some social problems including conflicts or misunderstandings between the local Japanese and foreign residents. At the same time, however, the activities of foreign residents have served to revitalize the local economy and exerted refreshing cultural influences to people in the host communities.
While the idea of harmonious co-existence with foreign people has been gradually accepted along with the upsurge of immigrants to Japan, there is still the sense of discrimination against foreign people. To examine Japan's ongoing trend towards a multiethnic society, particularly during the past fifteen years, this special exhibition traces back the history of the foreign population through their personal experiences and belongings, and speaks out on the importance of tolerance, which is vital in order to get along well with others in an ethnically diversified society.
National Museum of Ethnology
  Suita City, Osaka Prefectural Board of Education, Suita City Board of Education
  Cooperation from:
  Commemorative Association for the Japan World Exposition 1970,
  Senri Foundation, Hankyu Bus Co., LTD
  Korea Plaza