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REFUGEES

JAPAN / Society
Dec 26, 2014
Refugee recognition is overly slow, opaque, panel tells Justice Ministry
Japanu2019s stringent refugee screening system should clarify the criteria used to recognize applicants and create safeguards to protect those considered vulnerable, an advisory panel tells the Justice Ministry.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society
Dec 24, 2014
Japan's night schools offer hope of a second chance for many
Takashi Kinoshita, 73, lived most of his adulthood with a secret that until recently he wouldn't dare divulge even to his children: he was nearly illiterate.
JAPAN
Dec 20, 2014
Japan deports dozens of Sri Lankan, Vietnamese asylum seekers
Japan deports dozens of foreigners who were seeking asylum in a third round of mass deportations conducted by a specially chartered plane.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Dec 3, 2014
Asylum seekers in Japan get a helping hand from nonprofit group
An increasing number of asylum seekers — including sexual minorities and fathers living apart from their families — are looking to Japan as a place to seek refugee status. But such individuals often find the national immigration system, and the local population, unwilling to embrace them.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Dec 3, 2014
Laotians learn about land rights through theater
The Japan International Volunteer Center supports villagers in Laos by educating them about land rights, using theater as a way to help them understand the legal system and develop a better future for their nation independently.
Japan Times
WORLD
Dec 2, 2014
WFP suspends food aid for 1.7 million Syrian refugees spread across five nations
A lack of funds has forced the United Nations to stop providing food vouchers for 1.7 million Syrian refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt, the World Food Program said on Monday.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Nov 18, 2014
Japan helps too few refugees: UNHCR chief
The ongoing conflicts in Syria and Iraq have produced more than 12 million refugees and internally displaced people. They are flooding across borders in the region, and some neighboring states have reached their limit. One-third of Lebanon's population now comprises refugees.
Japan Times
WORLD
Nov 1, 2014
Migrants' lives in peril as Italy ends sea rescues
Italy said Friday it will close a sea rescue mission that has saved the lives of more than 100,000 migrants from Africa and the Middle East, a move one rights group warned could lead to a "surge of deaths" in the Mediterranean.
Japan Times
WORLD / Society
Oct 26, 2014
Cash aid for refugees found to succeed despite donors' doubts
For decades, aid groups have assumed they know what is best for refugees and the poor. A growing body of evidence suggests they are wrong.
Japan Times
WORLD
Oct 5, 2014
Islamic State group continues to pound key Syrian border town
Islamic State forces shelled the Syrian border town of Kobani on Saturday and its Kurdish defenders said they were expecting a new assault to try to capture it.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Film
Oct 2, 2014
Film festival hopes to present refugees as more than just victims
From Syria to Afghanistan to South Sudan, conflict this year has pushed the number of people seeking refuge around the world to numbers not seen since World War II.
JAPAN
Sep 26, 2014
Final 23 Myanmar refugees arrive in Japan on resettlement program
Twenty-three refugees from Myanmar who had fled to Thailand arrived Friday evening in Tokyo, the last group to do so under a Japanese pilot resettlement program begun in fiscal 2010.
Japan Times
WORLD
Sep 5, 2014
Greece says it's in 'danger zone' from influx of Syrian, Iraqi refugees
Greece is slipping into a "danger zone" without the funds or resources to handle a fast-growing wave of refugees trying to enter the European Union from war-torn countries like Syria and Iraq, the government warned on Thursday.
Japan Times
WORLD
Aug 17, 2014
Islamic State executed 700 from Syrian tribe
The Islamic State militant group has executed 700 members of a tribe it has been battling in eastern Syria during the past two weeks, the majority of them civilians, a human rights monitoring group and activists said on Saturday.
ASIA PACIFIC
Aug 6, 2014
Canadian Christian in China probe may have trained North Korean missionaries
A Canadian man under investigation in China for threatening national security said he ran a prayer and training facility outside the Chinese city of Dandong that was frequented by North Koreans, many of whom became Christians before returning to the isolated country.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Aug 6, 2014
Canadian couple held in China caught in political battle, son says
The son of a Canadian couple detained in China over spying allegations said Tuesday his parents did not attempt to obtain military secrets and have been caught instead by the increasingly tense relations between Ottawa and Beijing.
Japan Times
WORLD
Aug 1, 2014
Israel soon to be held responsible for displaced Palestinians in Gaza: U.N.
As Israel warns more Gaza neighborhoods to evacuate, a top U.N. envoy told the United Nations Security Council on Thursday that Israel would be required under international law to take responsibility for helping Palestinians civilians in any further large-scale displacements.
Japan Times
WORLD / Politics / FOCUS
Jul 18, 2014
As Scotland decides, not all Scots get a say
Ruth McPherson was born and educated in Scotland but left to work in London two years ago and so has no say on whether her native country should end three centuries of union with England.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jul 17, 2014
UNICEF officer fights for children in S. Sudan
Masumi Yamashina, 36, became a UNICEF officer in South Sudan with the hope of supporting the nation-building efforts of the world's youngest country, but an unexpectedly harsh reality awaited her there.
ASIA PACIFIC
Jul 14, 2014
Thai activists decry junta vow to deport Myanmar refugees
Thailand's military government said Monday it would send home 100,000 refugees who have been living in camps for two decades and more along the border with Myanmar, a move rights groups say would create chaos at a tense time for both nations.

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