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Tsuyoshi Amemiya, 74, a retired Aoyama Gakuin University professor, recalls the day he got a lesson on the status of refugees in Japan — and how shocked he was by his own ignorance of the issue.

On his way to a dentist appointment in 2004, Amemiya came across some Kurdish asylum seekers handing out fliers near United Nations University in Shibuya Ward, Tokyo.

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