Kleptocracy to 'freedom'?

General | REFUGEES AND JAPAN Jul 8, 2007

Kleptocracy to 'freedom'?

by Jeff Kingston

Hla Aye Maung's nightmare began in the central Tokyo district of Nishi Nippori when he went shopping. A police car pulled up beside him and the officers found he was one of the more than 250,000 illegal aliens apparently working in Japan. They took ...

Footy aims at goal of awareness

General | REFUGEES AND JAPAN Jul 8, 2007

Footy aims at goal of awareness

by Jeff Kingston

Japan's fourth annual refugee soccer tournament commemorating World Refugee Day (June 20) was played in the rain on June 24 in front of a small but enthusiastic crowd. There were 12 teams with players mostly from Asia. Takeshi Okada, former manager of the national ...

Screenings on behalf of 33 million

General | REFUGEES AND JAPAN Jul 8, 2007

Screenings on behalf of 33 million

by Jeff Kingston

From July 18-26, the U.N. High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) will sponsor the 2nd International Refugee Film Festival in Japan. The program of 30 movies over nine days at four theaters includes feature and documentary films that focus on the lives, trials and triumphs ...

'Liars' who won lottery

General | REFUGEES AND JAPAN Jul 8, 2007

'Liars' who won lottery

by Jeff Kingston

Just 410 — the number of refugees accepted by Japan since 1982 — says a lot about government policy toward those who flee political persecution in their home countries. They wouldn't fill more than a few cars on a rush-hour commuter train! Only 10 percent ...