Creating an Intercultural Society
Many foreigners from various cultural backgrounds live in Tokyo. Over the past five years, the number of foreign residents in Tokyo has increased by about 160,000, reaching a total of about 570,000 in January 2020, the highest number of foreign residents of any city in Japan. The number of foreigners living in Tokyo will continue to increase. By 2040, approximately one in ten people living in Tokyo are expected to be foreigners. To ensure Tokyo's sustainable development, it is essential to realize an intercultural society where foreigners participate and work together with Japanese as members of their cities.
Based on this philosophy, Tokyo Metropolitan Government formulated the "Tokyo Guidelines for the Promotion of Intercultural Cohesion" in February 2016 and has been promoting guideline measures.
This foundation will collaborate with various entities such as the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, municipalities, regional international associations, private organizations and others to establish a network for the promotion of intercultural cohesion, contribute to the activation of local communities and realize "Tokyo, where people shine".
Efforts toward Creating a Multicultural Society
In fiscal 2020, we will implement the following projects aimed at realizing an intercultural society where foreigners living in Tokyo can live and thrive with peace of mind.
1 Foreigner consulting services
- Tokyo Multilingual Consultation Navi
When foreigners living in Tokyo have problems in their daily lives, they often do not know who to consult with. We accept such consultations, provide the necessary information, and connect them to appropriate organizations according to their needs.
In addition, we deal with cases that are difficult to respond to at each city's foreign consultation desk, such as minority language and expert consultation. We also provide interpretation support when language support is inadequate at the destination organization.
Open hours: 10 am to 4 pm (weekdays only, excluding weekends and holidays)
- Tokyo Coronavirus Support Center for Foreign Residents (TOCOS)
With the spread of new coronavirus infections, we have established an emergency support center to deal with diverse inquiries from foreigners (who do not use Japanese as their mother tongue) regarding effects on their life and related concerns.
Open hours: 10 am to 5 pm (weekdays only, excluding weekends and holidays)
Supported languages: 14
2 An awareness-raising project for promoting the use of plain Japanese
Case examples of using plain Japanese will be updated soon.