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Japan recognizes only 27 refugees, despite rising numbers of applications

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Staff Writer

The number of people who filed applications for asylum in 2015 jumped nearly 50 percent to a record 7,586, but the government recognized only 27 refugees, the Justice Ministry said Friday.

Lobbyists for the interests of asylum seekers condemned the rejection of those who may have fled persecution or violence, saying it marks a stark contrast with the policies of other developed nations.

“In Germany, the number of applicants last year was 1.1 million, and about half of them are expected to stay,” Eri Ishikawa, Chair of the Board of the Japan Association for Refugees (JAR), said.

“Japan has been criticized as a country that pays money but is closed for refugees,” she added.

The preliminary figure for 2015 was the fifth consecutive year of increase in the number of applicants, according to the ministry.

In 2014, Japan had 5,000 applicants and granted refugee status to 11.

People of 69 nationalities applied for asylum in 2015. Nepalese represented the largest group at 1,768, followed by Indonesians at 969, Turks at 926, and nationals of Myanmar at 808. The top 10 are all Asian countries.

In addition to the 27 given refugee status, the government granted 79 individuals temporary permission to reside in Japan out of “humanitarian consideration,” the ministry said.

Immigration Bureau of Japan official Saori Fujita said the steep rise was due to an increase in the number of Indonesian applicants. A mere 17 Indonesians applied in 2014, compared to 969 applicants last year.

This was due to the introduction of a visa waiver system for Indonesian tourists in December 2014 and a subsequent surge in the number of travelers from there, she said. Activists noted that the number of recognitions was up slightly, but decried Japan’s reluctance over refugees.

“The number of people who are granted refugee (status) is still extremely few,” lamented Ishikawa of the JAR.

Critics point to a lack of clarity over the criteria Japan holds applicants to as it screens claims. The process is thought to be rigorous — but it is also notoriously slow.

To speed up the operation — and to filter out bogus applicants more quickly — the ministry in September shook up how it handles applications.

But the increase has outstripped the government’s efforts to keep up, Ishikawa said, adding that numbers may rise even further as the government pursues the tourist dollar by relaxing visa requirements further. Numbers have spiked since 2010, when the government made it possible for asylum seekers to work full time while awaiting the result of their application — as long as they held a valid visa at the time of application.

Asked whether Japan would join other countries in accepting Syrian refugees, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told reporters at the U.N. General Assembly last September that Japan needs to improve conditions for its own citizens first, singling out women and the elderly as areas of concern before tackling the issue of refugees.

  • Liars N. Fools

    The open heart and open arms of Japan on full display. This is the responsible third largest economy in the world?

    • Sho Snow

      well, immigrants and refugees are different. look what has happened to Germann! we dont want our public safety to be threaten. Secondly Japan is not an islamic nation, so its hard for them to adapt to our community eg we dont have enough mosque for them,japanese dont know muslim food culture, its hard for them to get a job if they dont seapk japanese and understand our culture,and so on

    • Blair

      Japan’s heart will be full, taking care of its elderly for two generations via ever increasing taxation. Taking on an influx of immigration that can’t assimilate would be an economic and social disaster re Sweden and the UK. Better to support the forces that fight for the countries these people are losing to barbaric thuggery.

    • Yakimi

      Responsible, yes, to its existing citizens, as nation-states necessarily are and ought to be. We citizens owe nothing to foreigners, especially not those fleeing some trouble which we have nothing to do with.

      The rootless globalism of Germany and Sweden is not responsibility, but its opposite: treason. Hopefully, Angela Merkel’s neck finds its way into a noose.

  • JJ77

    Oh well, who are we to dictate how many refugees they should take ? It’s their country so it’s their choice.
    Just look at Europe , too many refugees fr I5lam countries = too many problems !

  • jcbinok

    I’m surprised that Nepalese is the largest group of asylum seekers. At the risk of showing my ignorance, what are the Nepalese escaping from?

    • JJ77

      Nothing ..
      They just want to live in one of Asia’s rich country. :-)

  • Tony Alderman

    Well done Japan.

  • Nihondaisuki

    The German government had a budget surplus of US$13.1 billion this year, but the whole amount is earmarked to be spent on refugee/economic migrant care. If that money was spent on camps in less expensive countries closer to refugee/economic migrant origin countries, it would go a whole lot further and help far more people. Realist Japan is doing the intelligent thing by spending aid money where it will go furthest.

    Credit to Shinzo Abe for getting his priorities right, i.e. taking care of his responsibilities towards his own people before importing people to care for. Have people forgotten that there is still so much work to be done in the tsunami hit area? Sweden has done the opposite of this, and as a result spends 58% of their welfare budget on non-Swedish people (as of Nov 2015).

    There is also the relatively taboo topic of integration of Muslims into non-Muslim societies. In Europe, generally, discussions on it get closed down with accusations of racism, but it is a valid concern. The Quran doesn’t just give Muslims guidance what to pray and who to pray to, it gives them fine-detailed guidance on how to live their everyday lives, straight from the 7th century. To give just one example, dogs are bad and aren’t allowed into the home, because they are impure. That’s pretty incompatible with a dog loving and future oriented country like Japan.

    There’s also the fact that the vast majority of those involved in sex mob attacks in Cologne and 11 other German cities, Finland, Austria and Switzerland on New Years Eve were refugees/economic migrants. The Japanese government can’t just ignore that fact.

  • Robert Comerford

    Japan shows itself to be smarter than many European countries.

  • Jr. Mackeltom

    Why does Japan need human resources when robots can do work more
    efficiently and at a lower cost than a normal person do ? Ok to be more
    accurate look at the calculations(THIS IS JUST AN EXAMPLE) lets assume
    that just one Japanese person is the only EMPLOYEE / WORKER in a
    manufacturing company with a contract for five years with a minimum or
    starter wage of ¥80000 for a month with free transport (Worth ¥4,000
    per/month) & other non-monetary benefits that would an economist
    normally charge as cost but not an accountant. Lets assume that the
    Japanese person pays around ¥5,000 of income tax + other taxes= that
    totals ¥15,000. Now the company in which the Japanese person works have a
    net profit (before tax) of (Just figures) ¥1,500,000 and pays the
    government 25% from profits (before tax) as corporate income tax. the
    company would have a profit (after taxation) of about ¥1,125,000 =
    ¥1,500,000 (¥1,500,000 * 25%). Taxes are mainly used for the welfare of
    the Citizens of a country example:- Unemployment benefits lets assume
    that Japanese government pays ¥1,000,000,000/1000 unemployed people.

    Note:
    In Japan the population is declining which means that more jobs are
    available thus Employment increases (Not decreasing). EXCESS OF JOBS
    AVAILABLE

    Now due to Machinery incentives promoted by the
    government of Japan the company decides to use technology and machinery
    (robots) in the manufacturing process replacing the labour-intensive
    production method with capital-intensive production method. The Japanese
    person may loose the job however he will not get affected badly as
    there is an EXCESS OF JOBS AVAILABLE. Now the cost of ¥84,000 + other
    non-monetary benefits, are saved by the company but in return the
    company should incur costs monthly for the new capital intensive
    production method (Lets cut to the case, ignoring the setup cost etc).
    The costs for the “ROBOTS” for manufacturing goods (monthly) is ¥20,000
    (No non-monetary benefits included) & and the efficiency is greater
    than when the company was still manufacturing using the labour intensive
    method, which results more goods to be sold within the month so the
    profit before tax should increase significantly lets calculate-

    Note:
    Unlike a person, a robot or machinery is an asset of a company which is
    owned by them the responsibility of the asset is with the company not
    anyone else.

    The new profit (before tax) of the company is
    ¥2,064,000 = ¥1,500,000 + (¥84,000 – ¥20,000) + (more profits due to
    efficiency) ¥500,000. Now assuming nothing else changed the tax paid to
    the government by the former Japanese worker of the manufacturing
    company cuts off (might be paying a higher or lower tax depending on the
    next job of the former Japanese worker in the manufacturing company).

    Now
    the company should pay ¥516,000 worth of tax = ¥2,064,000 * 25% which
    give the company of ¥1,548,000 profit (after tax) an increase of over
    ¥423,000 more profits for the buisness after taxation & the
    government earns 141,000 more income tax from the company, lets deduct
    the tax that the government gained from the former worker ¥141,000 –
    ¥15,000= ¥126,000 still the government & the manufacturing company
    both earns more profits and taxes due to the change from labour
    intensive method to capital intensive method.

    Also Japan is a
    developed country, Ignoring Fukushima there is nothing to be developed
    so taxes are not needed to be used for these but to maintain their
    standards and health. Another is that even though Japan would be earning
    a higher tax (AS I SHOWED ABOVE) after changing to the capital
    intensive method, the government would not be paying more and more for
    Unemployment benefits (500,000,000/500 people [DECLINED POPULATION])
    etc, this is because Population is in decline. The only cost the
    government of Japan to incur is for the operations and promotions
    carried out in order to increase the fertility rate of the Japanese,
    various methods will carried out for instant Tax relief for families
    with more than 3 children etc & incentives that are targeted in
    order bring women and retired people back to the work force to fill the
    rest.

    And during this time Japan would increase the fertility rate
    1.8 (still below the replacement level) by next 20 years or so &
    stabilize the Japanese population at 100 million and then work towards
    the target of 2.10 fertility rate which would again increase the
    Japanese people. However after 18- 20 years after the fertility rate
    topped and surpassed the cap of 2.10 Japanese government should take
    measures to encourage companies to bring in the work force (or labour)
    back to the work force which should be targeted in switching back the
    capital intensive method to labour-intensive method.

    However
    robots actually generate more taxes for the government as this reduces
    the costs incurred by the companies and increases efficiency resulting
    more profit before taxes that would let or make the company pay a higher
    amount of tax than when people who used to work their previously.

    Note:
    This calculations dose not include Reliability of money,Changes and
    some other small factors that would have a little or no change at all to
    the given calculations. Also REMEMBER my calculations does say words
    like “ASSUME, EXAMPLE, FIGURES , etc” learn the meaning of these words
    if any of you folks who wants to comment back at me.

    Also the
    direction Japanese government is taking not increasing the immigrant
    population but replacing the labour shortage with technology, Women
    & Retired people is a very successful system unlike the path Europe
    took by opening doors to more immigrants that now results in a genocidal
    situation, which is a major “FAILURE”. The path Japanese took will
    ensure their own citizens security, preservation of Japanese cultural
    and traditional elements, & a country that they actually can say
    theirs.

  • Jr. Mackeltom

    Why does Japan need human resources when robots can do work more
    efficiently and at a lower cost than a normal person do ? Ok to be more
    accurate look at the calculations(THIS IS JUST AN EXAMPLE) lets assume
    that just one Japanese person is the only EMPLOYEE / WORKER in a
    manufacturing company with a contract for five years with a minimum or
    starter wage of ¥80000 for a month with free transport (Worth ¥4,000
    per/month) & other non-monetary benefits that would an economist
    normally charge as cost but not an accountant. Lets assume that the
    Japanese person pays around ¥5,000 of income tax + other taxes= that
    totals ¥15,000. Now the company in which the Japanese person works have a
    net profit (before tax) of (Just figures) ¥1,500,000 and pays the
    government 25% from profits (before tax) as corporate income tax. the
    company would have a profit (after taxation) of about ¥1,125,000 =
    ¥1,500,000 (¥1,500,000 * 25%). Taxes are mainly used for the welfare of
    the Citizens of a country example:- Unemployment benefits lets assume
    that Japanese government pays ¥1,000,000,000/1000 unemployed people.

    Note:
    In Japan the population is declining which means that more jobs are
    available thus Employment increases (Not decreasing). EXCESS OF JOBS
    AVAILABLE

    Now due to Machinery incentives promoted by the
    government of Japan the company decides to use technology and machinery
    (robots) in the manufacturing process replacing the labour-intensive
    production method with capital-intensive production method. The Japanese
    person may loose the job however he will not get affected badly as
    there is an EXCESS OF JOBS AVAILABLE. Now the cost of ¥84,000 + other
    non-monetary benefits, are saved by the company but in return the
    company should incur costs monthly for the new capital intensive
    production method (Lets cut to the case, ignoring the setup cost etc).
    The costs for the “ROBOTS” for manufacturing goods (monthly) is ¥20,000
    (No non-monetary benefits included) & and the efficiency is greater
    than when the company was still manufacturing using the labour intensive
    method, which results more goods to be sold within the month so the
    profit before tax should increase significantly lets calculate-

    Note:
    Unlike a person, a robot or machinery is an asset of a company which is
    owned by them the responsibility of the asset is with the company not
    anyone else.

    The new profit (before tax) of the company is
    ¥2,064,000 = ¥1,500,000 + (¥84,000 – ¥20,000) + (more profits due to
    efficiency) ¥500,000. Now assuming nothing else changed the tax paid to
    the government by the former Japanese worker of the manufacturing
    company cuts off (might be paying a higher or lower tax depending on the
    next job of the former Japanese worker in the manufacturing company).

    Now
    the company should pay ¥516,000 worth of tax = ¥2,064,000 * 25% which
    give the company of ¥1,548,000 profit (after tax) an increase of over
    ¥423,000 more profits for the buisness after taxation & the
    government earns 141,000 more income tax from the company, lets deduct
    the tax that the government gained from the former worker ¥141,000 –
    ¥15,000= ¥126,000 still the government & the manufacturing company
    both earns more profits and taxes due to the change from labour
    intensive method to capital intensive method.

    Also Japan is a
    developed country, Ignoring Fukushima there is nothing to be developed
    so taxes are not needed to be used for these but to maintain their
    standards and health. Another is that even though Japan would be earning
    a higher tax (AS I SHOWED ABOVE) after changing to the capital
    intensive method, the government would not be paying more and more for
    Unemployment benefits (500,000,000/500 people [DECLINED POPULATION])
    etc, this is because Population is in decline. The only cost the
    government of Japan to incur is for the operations and promotions
    carried out in order to increase the fertility rate of the Japanese,
    various methods will carried out for instant Tax relief for families
    with more than 3 children etc & incentives that are targeted in
    order bring women and retired people back to the work force to fill the
    rest.

    And during this time Japan would increase the fertility rate
    1.8 (still below the replacement level) by next 20 years or so &
    stabilize the Japanese population at 100 million and then work towards
    the target of 2.10 fertility rate which would again increase the
    Japanese people. However after 18- 20 years after the fertility rate
    topped and surpassed the cap of 2.10 Japanese government should take
    measures to encourage companies to bring in the work force (or labour)
    back to the work force which should be targeted in switching back the
    capital intensive method to labour-intensive method.

    However
    robots actually generate more taxes for the government as this reduces
    the costs incurred by the companies and increases efficiency resulting
    more profit before taxes that would let or make the company pay a higher
    amount of tax than when people who used to work their previously.

    Note:
    This calculations dose not include Reliability of money,Changes and
    some other small factors that would have a little or no change at all to
    the given calculations. Also REMEMBER my calculations does say words
    like “ASSUME, EXAMPLE, FIGURES , etc” learn the meaning of these words
    if any of you folks who wants to comment back at me.

    Also the
    direction Japanese government is taking not increasing the immigrant
    population but replacing the labour shortage with technology, Women
    & Retired people is a very successful system unlike the path Europe
    took by opening doors to more immigrants that now results in a genocidal
    situation, which is a major “FAILURE”. The path Japanese took will
    ensure their own citizens security, preservation of Japanese cultural
    and traditional elements, & a country that they actually can say
    theirs.