Cultural Diversity As “Global Commons”: A Look into the Case of Japan
This study is an attempt to revisit the idea of a “global commons” in the context of increasing multiculturalism in Japan. While not considered a migration country, Japan is home to a diverse group of peoples that strive to co-exist within this island-nation. It cannot be denied that Japan’s future will be in large part affected by changes in its social and cultural landscape, and the reproduction of the future generation within Japan will in no less be affected by the increasingly diversifying population.
For this exploratory study, I first look at how concepts such as cultural diversity and co-existence, are also in themselves commons and shared by the whole humanity. I next examine how diversity is considered more as a threat through the regulation of human movement between borders and within nation-states. Finally, I look at the case of Japan by focusing on Okinawa Prefecture’s goal to build an equitable society and argue that multicultural understanding and co-existence are essential to the social and cultural growth and reproduction of Japan.