Tag - refugees



Jun 7, 2014
Abe touts immigration, but refugees get shunned
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe may be considering letting down the drawbridges for 200,000 immigrants a year in order to offset Japan's declining population and boost the economy. At this year's Davos World Economic Forum, Abe stated that Japan needs more foreigners, but accepting enough to make a difference may prove a nonstarter since the Justice Ministry zealously mans the drawbridges and mines the moats to limit immigration and keep asylum seekers at bay. The public is not unyieldingly opposed to more immigration, or to granting asylum to refugees, but they don't get to decide.
Japan Times
May 18, 2014
Icho's ethnic vitality poses future model for Japan
If Japan throws its doors open to immigrants it might start looking like a certain neighborhood in Yokohama with multilingual street signs, ethnic eateries, and a babel of languages spoken in the streets.
Japan Times
May 4, 2014
Refugees tell of Syrian brutality
Lugging a plastic bag carrying the clothes and the few food scraps she could salvage, Umm Samir set out from her ruined home and crawled through the pre-dawn gloom on her second journey into exile in 68 years.
Japan Times
Apr 22, 2014
Ex-refugee uses own experiences to help others
As a former refugee who was forced to leave his own country during the 1980-1988 Iran-Iraq War, Iranian-born Sena Vafa hopes to raise awareness about the plight of refugees here in Japan.
Japan Times
Apr 20, 2014
Damascus refugees face starvation
The desperate residents of a besieged district of Damascus were expected to run out of food on Sunday, leaving 18,000 people facing starvation and leading relief agencies to declare the crisis "unprecedented in living memory."
Japan Times
Apr 6, 2014
U.N. chief says Central African Republic peacekeepers 'overwhelmed'
French and African soldiers serving in the Central African Republic are "overwhelmed" by the "state of anarchy" in the country, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Saturday — a day after Chadian troops began withdrawing from the peacekeeping mission.
Japan Times
Apr 4, 2014
Lebanon marks "devastating" milestone with millionth refugee
The number of Syrian refugees who have fled to Lebanon officially topped 1 million on Thursday, highlighting the growing humanitarian catastrophe caused by Syria's civil war and the huge burden placed on its poorly prepared neighbors.
Mar 20, 2014
Only six asylum seekers accepted by Japan in 2013
Just six asylum seekers were granted refugee status by the government last year, the lowest number in 15 years, the Justice Ministry say Thursday.
Feb 16, 2014
Lack of bids threatens to keep Fukushima evacuees in temporary lodgings
Plans to build new public apartments for the nuclear refugees in Fukushima Prefecture are stalling because the prefectural government is struggling to attract bids from contractors.
Jan 15, 2014
Disaster victims send warm clothing to Syria refugees
A group of citizens displaced by the 2011 disaster that ravaged the northeast is sending warm clothing and other supplies to Syrian refugees now stranded in the Turkish border city of Kilis, an aid worker said Tuesday.
Japan Times
Dec 29, 2013
Syrian civil war tests borders drawn less than a century ago in Mideast
That half of his farm lies in Syria and half in Lebanon is a source of mystery and inconvenience for Mohammed al-Jamal, whose family owned the property long before Europeans turned up and drew the lines that created the borders of the modern Middle East.
Japan Times
Dec 5, 2013
Asylum seekers find help at JAR
The number of people seeking asylum in Japan reached some 2,600 at the end of October, adding to the soaring rate of those with no residency rights or financial assistance.
Nov 27, 2013
Asylum seekers hit record high exceeding 2,600
At the end of October, there were more than 2,600 asylum seekers in Japan, a record high, the Japan Association for Refugees said Wednesday.
Japan Times
Oct 27, 2013
Syrian refugee crisis pushes fragile Lebanon closer to breaking point
As you come through the military checkpoints on the way into Wadi Khaled, local mobile phones bleep with an unsolicited text: "The Ministry of Tourism welcomes you to Syria."
Japan Times
Oct 25, 2013
Firms giving refugees jobs instead of charity
With applications for refugee status reaching record levels, a number of Japanese businesses are providing employment and training to people forced to flee their home country due to war and persecution, with emphasis on genuine vocational opportunities rather than charity.
Oct 21, 2013
Poll highlights refugees' difficulties in rebuilding homes
More than 2u00bd years after the March 2011 disasters, a poll says half of the refugees have no resources to rebuild their homes.
Japan Times
Oct 19, 2013
Nuclear refugees struggle to share Olympic joy
While Tokyo Municipal Government officials were rubbing their hands with glee after winning the right to host the 2020 Olympics following their failed attempt to win the 2016 Games, it's perhaps fair to say that not everyone in other parts of the country shared their sentiment.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Sep 28, 2013
Myanmar refugees arrive via U.N. resettlement plan
Four families from Myanmar arrived Friday night in Tokyo on a pilot U.N. refugee resettlement program introduced in fiscal 2010.
Sep 15, 2013
U.S. can take in more than 33 Syrian refugees
The U.N. estimates that 7 million Syrians are displaced in their own country or refugees in other countries. The world must do more to help them.
Sep 5, 2013
Children pay the heaviest price in Syrian war
Given the tremendous negative effect of the conflict on Syrian children, it is obvious that international community has failed to protect them.


At the Akan International Crane Center, just north of the city of Kushiro proper, visitors can see the majestic red-crowned crane — a symbol of Hokkaido.
Faces of the north: A Hokkaido town grapples with depopulation