Southeast Asia's migration wave highlights Japan's barriers

Newly graduate nurses take their oath at a ceremony of professional nurses in Manila. © Reuters

YASU OTA, Nikkei Asian Review columnist

SINGAPORE -- A growing number of people in Southeast Asia are migrating within the region in search of jobs and better living conditions. In stark contrast, Japan's labor market remains closed to the outside world as it pursues a policy of isolation, at least in the eyes of many people in the rest o...