YOKOHAMA, Japan — Life holds few certainties for Jun, a judge's son who left his children in the Philippines to work as a day laborer in this port city.
Some days he unloads freighters. Other days he dodges immigration inspectors.
The strong yen currency has lured as many as 100,000 Asian migrant workers that Japan needs, yet is doing its best to shut out.
Many of these illegal workers take on the manual jobs few Japanese want, but the rising influx has alarmed a society proud of its homogeneity and sent the government scrambling for an acceptable response.
Number of Aliens Growing
The government rounded up 5,802 aliens working without visas in the first half of this year, up 78% from a year ago. Three-fourths were Filipinos, a tenth Thais and the rest mainly from Pakistan, Taiwan, Bangladesh and South Korea.