Japan: Korean Zainichi migration
Published Online: 4 FEB 2013
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The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration
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Tonomura, M. 2013. Japan: Korean Zainichi migration. The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration. .
- Published Online: 4 FEB 2013
Zainichi, according to its original denotation in Japan, refers to “being in Japan.” However, in post-World War II Japan, the word “Zainichi” almost always signifies people of Korean descent residing in Japan. Most significantly, “Zainichi” has become a universal term to designate Koreans who reside in Japan as they constitute the vast majority of foreign residents “being in Japan.” As a consequence, most Japanese have taken for granted that the term “Zainichi” indicates that a person is Korean. As use of the word has become more widespread, the designation is used by Koreans themselves, followed by “Kankokujin” if from South Korea or “Chosenjin” if from North Korea.
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