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Liliia Skorohodova receives her diploma at the Japan University of Economics in Dazaifu, Fukuoka Prefecture, on March 15.
JAPAN / Society
Mar 27, 2024
Ukrainian evacuees graduate in Japan, two years after Russian invasion
All of them are set to work in Japan, as the war in their home country continues.
Yulia Naumenko is one of many Ukrainians living in Japan as the war in their home country stretches into its third year.
Mar 11, 2024
In war’s third year, Ukrainians in Japan still face daily trials
Two years of conflict has left Ukraine scarred and evacuees living in Japan with just as many struggles as when they arrived.
Ukrainian evacuees arrive at Tokyo's Haneda Airport in April 2022.
JAPAN / Society
Feb 24, 2024
90% of Ukrainian evacuees in Japan unwilling to return home
According to the survey of 153 Ukrainian evacuees last month, only 16, or 10.5%, said they would return home immediately if a cease-fire is reached.
Anastasiia Pelykh (left) and Daria Datsenko talk about their lives in Japan after evacuating from Ukraine during an interview in Kyoto earlier this month.
JAPAN / Society
Feb 19, 2024
Two years after invasion, Ukrainians in Japan forge their own paths
A pair of women have taken different paths, but echoed the same refrain: They want the war to end as soon as possible so they can see their families.
Aonishiki (left) competes at Ryogoku Kokugikan on Friday.
SUMO / Basho reports
Jan 29, 2024
Teenager Aonishiki wins second sumo title in Japan after fleeing war in Ukraine
Aonishiki maintained a perfect record to claim the fifth-tier jonidan championship at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament.
Avispa Fukuoka and Shakhtar Donetsk members pose for a photo after a charity match at Tokyo's National Stadium on Monday.
Dec 19, 2023
Fukuoka and Shakhtar draw 2-2 in charity match in Tokyo
More than 18,000 watched the match at the venue where both sets of players entered the pitch draped in Ukrainian flags.
A residential building damaged by a Russian missile strike in the Serhiivka, in Ukraine's Odesa region, in July 2022. Daria Krokva, a doctor, fled Ukraine for Japan in April 2022 after being advised to evacuate by a cousin in Kobe.
Nov 23, 2023
Ukrainian doctor aims for national license in Japan
Daria Krokva is working hard on her Japanese proficiency in order to qualify for taking the national examination for medical practitioners.
Ukrainian sumo wrestler Aonishiki (left) competes in a preliminary bout for unranked wrestlers during the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament at Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo on Sept. 12.
Oct 27, 2023
Ukrainian wrestler aims to make impact in Japan's world of sumo
Aonishiki, real name Danylo Yavhusishin, stepped on the hallowed dohyō at Tokyo's Ryogoku Kokugikan for the first time in September.
People evacuated from Ukraine arrive at Fukuoka Airport in February.
Oct 20, 2023
Japan to begin living support program for Ukraine evacuees in April
Individuals from conflict zones whose circumstances do not qualify them for refugee status will be eligible for programs to study Japanese.
Dana Boieva (right) and Mariia Chemerys speak with a professor at Meiji University's Nakano Campus in Tokyo in July.
Oct 3, 2023
Universities and firms rush to help displaced Ukrainian students
Since many Ukrainian students in Japan struggle to make ends meet, some face the prospect of being unable to obtain their diplomas.
Ukrainian refugees arrive at Haneda airport in Tokyo on April 5, 2022.
JAPAN / Politics
Sep 26, 2023
Japan to introduce new residency status for asylum-seekers
A program to offer a long-term residence status that will allow asylum-seekers to work in Japan will be introduced in December.
Japan Times
Jul 6, 2023
War-displaced Ukrainian joins Japanese ensemble in performance for peace
Iana Lavrova joined the 2023 Fukushima Cello Concert for a performance by a 500-strong group held in May.
Japan Times
Apr 14, 2023
Ukraine’s envoy to Japan goes all in as a wartime ambassador
Sergiy Korsunsky finds little time to rest as he works to support evacuees, assist the war effort and plan for what comes after peace is achieved.
Japan Times
Mar 5, 2023
Tokyo restaurant offers jobs and a slice of home to Ukrainian evacuees
Smachnogo employs nine Ukrainians, of whom seven are evacuees, and serves Japanese and Ukrainian dishes.
Japan Times
Feb 25, 2023
'Dear, the war has started': My journey from Ukraine to Japan
It was around this time a year ago that Natalia Makohon hung out with her friends for the last time. From then on, her life would mostly be about survival.
Japan Times
Feb 23, 2023
A year after war broke out, Ukrainian evacuees take life in Japan one step at a time
Forced to abandon careers, education plans and other opportunities at home, those who made the 8,000 kilometer journey to East Asia have had their lives put on hold.


Later this month, author Shogo Imamura will open Honmaru, a bookstore that allows other businesses to rent its shelves. It's part of a wave of ideas Japanese booksellers are trying to compete with online spaces.
The story isn't over for Japan's bookstores