Currently there are over 67,000 foreign residents in Nagoya City, making up around 3% of the population. There are also many Japanese nationals in Nagoya that have an international background including children born from international marriages and children that have lived abroad for an extended period as a result of work relocation.

These numbers are predicted to continue to rise. However, to make Nagoya truly an international city, it needs to be a place where people of all backgrounds and ethnicities can live together in society without discrimination or prejudice.

So, based on the results of the 2010 survey of foreign residents and a 2011 survey of Japanese residents, as well as input from experts and academics, the City of Nagoya have released its proposed 5 year Multiculturalism Promotion Plan (April 2012 – March 2017).

The plan focuses on building bonds in 3 areas – communication, livelihood support, and community:

☆Building communication bonds with foreign residents through the provision and support of:

  • Local information in foreign languages
  • Japanese language and culture learning
  • Disaster education and awareness

☆Providing livelihood support links for foreign residents in the following areas:

  • Residency
  • Education
  • Employment
  • Medical Care, Health, and Welfare

☆Building bonds in the community with foreign residents in the following areas:

  • Public awareness
  • Community involvement

You can read the full plan script in Japanese and the full plan outline in English (see below), Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, and Filipino on the City of Nagoya website. Paper copies are available at the Nagoya International Center, ward office information corners, and the Shimin-joho Center at Nagoya City Hall (West Annex 1F).

If you would like to share your feedback, suggestions, and opinion with the City about this proposed plan you can download a comment form (PDF) fill it out and send by:

  • fax – 052-972-7134
  • e-mail –  – write “Opinions about the Plan” in the subject line.
  • post  – 460-8508 Nagoya City Mayor’s Office, Nagoya City, Naka Ku, Sannomaru 3-1-1

The submission deadline is Wednesday, February 8.

Further Information is on the City of Nagoya English website.



henri daros


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