A California Reader Says Immigration-Free Japan Is The Model To Follow

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05/10/06 – An Illinois Reader
Asks Some Important Questions

From: [Name Withheld]

Re: Edwin S.
Rubenstein`s Column:

Immigration Stunting, Not Stimulating, Innovation

Japan has

rigid immigration policies
relative to the US. All
evidence suggests that

Japanese unskilled workers
are much better paid on
an hourly basis than US unskilled workers.

An interesting statistic
would be to compare the hourly wages of the lowest paid
20 percent of workers in Japan to those same workers in
the U.S.

With its tight
immigration policy, Japan is denying itself the fun and
excitement of a

growing underclass
while the U.S. middle class is
slowly giving ground to

Hispanic illegal alien workers
.

Edwin S. Rubenstein
replies
: According to the CIA World Factbook,
the poorest 10% of Japanese households receive 4.8% of
that nation`s total income while the poorest 10% of
Americans receive 1.8% of our income. Our per capita
income is about 40% above theirs. Based on this,
it`s inconceivable that our poorest 20 percent could be
better off than theirs.

The richest 10% of Americans
receive 30.5% of the U.S. total versus 21.7% for their
Japanese counterparts. This, too, can be blamed—to some
extent – on immigration that increases profits and
capital income.

It`s no secret: the gap
between top and bottom dog in the U.S. is many times
larger than it is in Japan. Take any major U.S.
corporation and the ratio between what the CEO and the
average factory worker is paid is many times larger than
that of a similar company in Japan. 

At the top this reflects, in
part, the obscene payouts for American CEOs—the
recently retired


Exxon`s CEO`s $400 million package,

for example. At the bottom, cheap immigrant labor puts
the average U.S. worker at a disadvantage relative to
his counterpart in "xenophobic" Japan.

Read Peter Brimelow`s column
that details Japanese immigration


here
.