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Private organizations supporting refugees on Monday urged Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to express during his upcoming speech at the annual U.N. General Assembly session Japan’s pledge to accept Syrian asylum seekers.

A total of 14 human rights and refugee assistance organizations, including Amnesty International Japan, Japan Association for Refugees (JAR) and Japan Lawyers Network for Refugees, petitioned the Abe government to open its doors to asylum seekers fleeing strife-riven Syria and become a key global player in resolving what is turning into the greatest postwar refugee crisis.

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