Migration as Transnational Leisure

The Japanese Lifestyle Migrants in Australia


In Migration as Transnational Leisure: The Japanese Lifestyle Migrants in Australia Jun Nagatomo discusses a new type of migration in which “lifestyle” is at the core of middle class aspirations to migrate. Traditionally, international migration has been commonly seen as resulting from economic, political and religious causes. However, this book studies an intriguing new dynamic between the social transformation and the Japanese engagement with tourism and migration. Since the 1990s, when Japan was struggling with the recession, increasing numbers of young middle class Japanese began to drift from the safe and assured life course model and chose to live abroad. This book explores how lifestyle values affect migration decision of Japanese migrants in Australia and settlement processes in the migration destination.
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Biographical Note

Jun Nagatomo, Ph.D. (2009, The University of Queensland) is Associate Professor at Kwansei Gakuin University. He has published many articles and books on Japanese migration to Australia, including Nihon Syakai wo Nogareru (Sairyusha, 2013, for which he received the Sir Neil Currie Australian Studies Award).


Academics, post-graduate students, and undergraduate students who are interested in migration studies as well as Japanese society, and anyone concerned with Japanese and Australian societies, immigration, tourism, and multiculturalism.