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The plight of refugees is dauntingly hard to comprehend for the majority of Japanese who have been brought up believing they live in a racially homogeneous nation. (Let’s reserve the falseness of this belief for another story.)

Eri Ishikawa, chair of the board of the Japan Association for Refugees, worries that this lack of awareness about the complexities of a multinational society is why French director Jacques Audiard’s new film, “Dheepan,” may not be the best vehicle for spreading open-mindedness and acceptance in Japan when it comes to immigrants.

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