A California Reader Says Immigration-Free Japan Is The Model To Follow
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From: [Name Withheld]
Re: Edwin S.
Immigration Stunting, Not Stimulating, Innovation
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
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
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
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