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If you’re a refugee, don’t even bother with Japan


The Japanese word for "refugee" is "nanmin".

The Japanese word for "refugee" is "nanmin".

How did one of the wealthiest countries in the world become one of the least welcoming?

Advocates and lawyers in Japan are disappointed with how the country is handling – or more accurately, ‘not’ handling – applications by asylum seekers. Why? Because, according to newly released data by the Ministry of Justice, Japan accepted only 11 asylum seekers out of a record 5,000 applications in 2014.

   

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