A bill is working its way through the Diet that will make it even harder for asylum seekers to attain refugee status in Japan.
Japan is a country that is good at many things, but accepting refugees is not one of them. In 2019, just 44 refugees were accepted here. Now, the government has proposed a series of amendments to the Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act that will make it even harder for asylum seekers in Japan. Freelance journalist Jesse Chase-Lubitz joins Deep Dive to discuss.
- Japan mulls closing another door to refugees (Jesse Chase-Lubitz, Foreign Policy)
- Immigration reform fails to resolve asylum contradictions (Philip Brasor, The Japan Times)
- Government approves bill to bail asylum-seekers from long-term detention (The Japan Times)
- Japanese society warms to asylum-seekers despite the government’s cold shoulder (Jesse Chase-Lubitz, The Japan Times)
- Deep Dive Episode 40: An 11-year-long fight for asylum in Japan (Deep Dive podcast)
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Photo: Detainees are seen through a hatch at the Tokyo Detention House in December 2015. | REUTERS
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