JICA to help Syrian refugee students find work, settle in Japan

Jan 10, 2017

JICA to help Syrian refugee students find work, settle in Japan

The government plans to help student-age refugees from civil war-battered Syria, accepted into Japan as exchange students, find jobs and settle in Japan after their courses end, according to sources. Last May, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Japan would accept up to 150 Syrian ...

Some in Mosul wary of return of Iraq's government

Jan 3, 2017

Some in Mosul wary of return of Iraq's government

The 19-year-old resident of Mosul pulled up his shirt and showed a festering wound on his back. It came, he said, from Iraqi troops who detained him for three days and beat him, trying to get him to confess to belonging to the Islamic ...

Syrian band brings music of Aleppo to Berlin

Jan 3, 2017

Syrian band brings music of Aleppo to Berlin

Instead of bombs there were beats. Guitars took over for guns. And there were cheers, not screams. But Aleppo was never far from the minds of the band Musiqana and the crowd at its record release concert in Berlin. “I didn’t know if I ...

Dec 22, 2016

Japan pledges $500 million in fresh aid for refugees

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced Thursday that $500 million in fresh assistance for refugees will be provided as part of Japan’s commitment to achieving the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals. Funding for the initiative is included in the third supplementary budget for the current fiscal ...