BBC defends ‘report’ attacking Japan for rejecting mass migration

The state-backed British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) has defended a one-page article attacking Japan for refusing to accept mass migration.

In a January article entitled “Japan PM says country on the verge of falling birth rate,” the BBC – to which everyone in the UK who watches live TV has to pay a license fee, even if it’s not the BBC schemes, or anything else faces criminal fines backed by imprisonment for non-payment – highlighted comments from Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, who said it was “now or never” for the East Asian country to rectify its demographic decline.

Kishida stressed that “the focus on politics related to children and child-rearing is an issue that cannot wait and cannot be postponed,” and seemingly made no mention of immigration – but that didn’t stop the BBC from reporting it as allegedly in the Articles include solution to the country’s problems.

“Japan has continued to implement tough immigration laws, despite some relaxations, but some experts now say the rules should be relaxed further to counteract the aging society,” the report interjects, without actually citing any of those experts or their research — anything that would probably even fall under Wikipedia’s standards.

The second half of the “report” is devoted to an “analysis” of the subject by Rupert Wingfield-Hayes’ Japan correspondent, which would more accurately be described as an opinion column, in which he bluntly states: “If you want to see what happens to a country, that opposes immigration as a solution to declining fertility, Japan is a good place to start.”

This is immediately followed by the observation that “real wages (in Japan) have not increased for 30 years” – but absolutely no evidence is presented that mass immigration increases real wages.

In addition, real wages are falling in the UK, where mass migration is currently at an all-time high and has been allowed for decades, while the Labor Party, citing World Bank data, laments that the average Pole is projected to be wealthier than the average Brit by 2030 – despite hardly any significant non-Ukrainian immigration in Poland and an overall declining population.

Despite theoretical legal requirements to offer balanced, impartial reporting, the BBC is widely seen as having deep-seated left-libertarian biases – including by some of its own channels, with veteran presenter John Humphreys hosting their flagship channel Today program for 33 years and said it was actively “trying to mold the nation into its own liberal-left image.”

The BBC has been told that the one-sidedness of their Japan report falls short of their requirement for impartiality, as important contexts are left out – for example, a UN Population Division study cited by Civitas as early as 2002, which shows that they can have problems with “a growing number older people and … a declining number of workers to support them” cannot be solved by immigration, since migrants also age, which means that this would have to increase exponentially year on year to keep one worker as a retiree ratio of 4.09:1 in Great Britain.

The UN estimates that to keep the ratio of pensioners to the labor force constant by 2050, Britain would need as many as 59,722,000 migrants, taking the population to around 136 million, while Japan’s migrant population is a staggering 523,543,000.

Nothing of the sort — or the fact that mass migration, as Western Europe has indulged, has arguably weakened welfare systems, with Germany’s million-strong Turkish population, imported since the 1960s, having an unemployment rate three times higher than the national average , and more recent Syrian migrants who, for example, are largely self-sufficient – ​​was mentioned by the BBC.

Despite this, their appeals department stuck to the Japan article, insisting: “There was mention of immigration as potentially alleviating the problems of an aging society, but it was not the main focus (sic).”

Incredibly, Rupert Wingfield-Hayes’ “analysis” was defended by citing a standalone op-ed piece – something that the supposedly impartial broadcaster apparently intended to take for its journalist – that he had written, entitled “Japan was the future, but it stuck in the past,” which allegedly “gives more context to his statements.”

In reality, Wingfield-Hayes’ op-ed piece just flaunts his bias even more when he rails against Japan, which has “old-right admirers” — who, once again, are unidentified — “for denying immigration and upholding patriarchy” which is an emphatic wake left concept to begin with.

“(Japan’s) hostility to immigration has not wavered. Only about 3 percent of Japan’s population is foreign-born, compared to 15 percent in the UK,” he later laments, before again pointing to nebulous “right-wing movements” in Europe and America that supposedly “point to this as a shining example.” for racial purity and social harmony.”

“If you want to see what happens to a country that opposes immigration as a solution to falling fertility, Japan is a good place to start,” he reiterates, again implying a link between mass immigration and rising real wages with no supporting evidence.

Amusingly, however, all of this criticism is preceded by the statement that Japan still has “the third largest economy in the world” and is “a peaceful, prosperous country with the longest life expectancy in the world, the lowest homicide rate, little political conflict, a strong passport, and the sublime Shinkansen, the best high-speed rail system in the world.”

But in another revealing passage, the BBC correspondent seems to express his outrage when Japanese villagers tell him they’ll have to integrate if he wants to bring his family over to replace their community’s dwindling population.

“Well, you would have to learn our way of life. It wouldn’t be easy,” he says of an elder.

“The village was on the way to extinction, but the thought of it being invaded by ‘outsiders’ was somehow worse,” the journalist fumes.

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