How refugees are accepted by Japanese government

by 032Kiei on November 19, 2015 - 1:12am

Today, I would like to talk about the issue of refugees in Japan. In this paper, I would like to focus on three points. The first one is the institution that how the Japanese government accepts refugees. The second one is how many people tried to migrate to Japan last year. The last one is what happens if people are accepted as refugees in Japan.

              At first, I would like to talk about the institution about of refugees in Japan. According to International Labor Law office, the Japanese government has a really confusing institution about refugees. There are many procedures, and it always confuses people. According to the information from the Japan Association for refugees, a man didn’t understand what he should do to get asylum in Japan. Most of the refugees who try to get asylum in Japan don’t know what they should do when they come to Japan. I think it is a difficult problem to solve. Japan is a really reluctant in accepting refugees. I think it is because of its cultural and historical background. Japan is an island nation, so Japan doesn’t have a direct connection with foreign countries. Moreover, Japanese people started to come into contact with foreign people only about 200 years ago (in Edo period). Therefore, Japanese people don’t have enough emotion to connect and cooperate with foreign people. In addition, the Japanese government wants to keep safety in the country. They are concerned that there will be troubles if they accept a lot of refugees. Therefore, the Japanese government has a confusing institution.

              Secondly, I would like to talk about the data of people who tried to immigrate into Japan last year. In the previous paragraph, I told you that Japan is a really wary to accept refugees. Therefore, I want to show the data about refugees in Japan. Last year, 5,000 people applied to the Japanese government for asylum. Most of them came from Asian countries, such as Nepal, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, and Vietnam. However, only 11 people were accepted as refugees. I thought it was really difficult for them to be accepted in Japan. They have to show some evidences to prove that they are attacked or persecuted in their own countries, which I think it is most difficult. Many people try immigrate into Japan in recent days, but most of them are refused. There are so many reasons, but we need to think about what we can do for them.

              Finally, I would like to talk about what happens to refugees if they are accepted in Japan. As I told you, it is really difficult for foreigners to be accepted in Japan. Therefore, I think if refugees are accepted, they can spend happy life in Japan. However, this is a wrong assumption. According to the Japan Association for refugees, some refugees have difficult conditions although they have been accepted. If people are accepted as refugees in Japan, they have the right to get annuity. However it also has confusing procedures, so only a few people can get annuity. According to the information from Japan Association for refugees, a man who is accepted by the Japanese government couldn’t go to hospital because he didn’t have health insurance. He sometimes became sick, but he couldn’t go to hospital. Finally, he lost consciousness and was in an ambulance. After he got well again, he realized he was in the hospital. In addition, he realized he had to pay a lot of money. However, he didn’t have a health insurance, so he would have had a lot of debts. Still, when he submitted the doctor’s note to the city hall, he was able to pay the same amount of money as a Japanese would have to.

              In conclusion, I focused on three points in this paper. There is a really complex institution about refugees in Japan. It confuses many people. According to the previously mentioned data, many people tried into Japan, but they were refused. Japan is really reluctant to accept refugees. Moreover, if they are accepted by the Japanese government, they still have a difficult situation. This is a really difficult issue for everyone. Each person has their own opinion. Some foreign people think that Japan is a heartless country. I don’t want them to think so, but I can understand this kind of opinion. I think the most important thing for this issue is cooperation. Therefore, I want everyone to think about this issue at least once.



International Labor Law Office   2015/11/05 access

HP of the Ministry of Justice     2015/11/05 access

Japan Association for Refugees    2015/11/05 access




Before reading your paper, I had never thought about this problem. Japan has a lot of problem, such as society with a decreasing, a pension, the U.S. military bases and so on. One of them is refugees. However I didn’t know this problem in detail. I thought Japan helps a lot of refugees, but I learned they are reluctant to accept them, so I was surprised at this problem. I think we have to think about it, but I don’t know what I have to do. However you said it is the most important for us to cooperate with each other, so I decided to do you said.

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I could learn a lot of things about refugees from your essay. I have searched about refugees because of a presentation. However, the contents of it is about European refugees, so I didn't know refugees in Japan in detail. My knowledge was from only TV news or newspapers. Thanks to your essay, I could get new knowledge. Especially, I was surprised that a refugee didn’t have health insurance. If we don't have it, we can't go to hospital. Therefore, I think Japanese government should not accept many refugees easily. I think also Japanese government should make some systems for them. After that, it must accept them.
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What is the point behind denying all of these refugees, does the Japanese government think that it is exempt from helping other people? How is the process different from moving to the country?

Thanks for the essay detailing how refugees are viewed in Japan, and how Japan does not accept many refugees. I thought it was well researched and well said, and I enjoyed seeing a different perspective on the refugee crisis. I have some questions, do you think that other countries should accept refugees if Japan is not willing to? Do you view the refugee crisis as a strictly European issue? And if so, should Japan help out in some other way? How do you think Japan should participate in the refugee crisis in the future? Or do you think they should in any major way?

If asylum is an internationally recognized human right, then which country do you believe should be accepting them, if not Japan?

If asylum is an internationally recognized human right, then which country do you believe should be accepting them, if not Japan?

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