Location : Kiso Riverside, Minokamo
Occupation: Company Employee, Translator
When I learned from a friend that Minokamo City, located in Gifu prefecture in the middle of Japan, was actually the most diverse city in Japan, I was in disbelief. But a quick google search proved it true, (https://www.jiam.jp/case/doc/0115_1.pdf), and looking at only people in their 20’s, over 14% of the population of Minokamo are foreigners, made up mostly of Brazilian and Filipino immigrants. While the majority of smaller cities around Japan are decreasing in population because of low birth rates and rising average age, Minokamo’s population is actually growing at a few percent a year. The city is filled with Portuguese, Chinese, Korean, and English, signage and many hospitals, shops, and fast food restaurants have fluent speakers. It was clearly not the Japan I was used to, and made me wonder…is this what the future will look like?