July 01, 2022
How the War in Ukraine Could Change Japan’s Refugee Policies
By Jakob Ranglin Grissler
The case of the Ukrainian refugees, who do not fall into the traditional definition of refugees, could add momentum to efforts to overhaul Japan’s refugee and immigration policies.
April 11, 2022
Japan’s Approach to Ukrainian Refugees Is What Its Refugee Policy Ought To Be
By Arnab Dasgupta
Japan’s willingness to embrace Ukrainian refugees stems from its hierarchical view of the world and its economic-first view of migrants.
April 05, 2022
Japan’s Top Envoy Brings Back 20 Ukrainians From Poland
By Mari Yamaguchi
Japan has an extremely strict refugee policy and has been reluctant to fully accept migrant workers, making its offer to accept Ukrainians unusual.
November 11, 2021
An Afghan Refugee’s Shattered Japan Dream
By Lee H.O.
A young Afghan woman who emigrated to Japan became ensnared in a nightmare, caught between an abusive partner and a rigid bureaucracy.
September 18, 2020
The Desperation of Japan’s Detained Asylum Seekers
By Taku Suzuki
A look back at the wave of hunger strikes among detained asylum seekers in Japan last year.
December 03, 2019
Pope Francis Preaches Anti-Nuke Message in First Japan Visit in 38 Years
By Thisanka Siripala
Pope Francis brought recognition to Japan’s “hidden” Christians while bearing pro-refugee and anti-nuclear messages of peace.
October 22, 2019
How a Chinese Invasion of Taiwan Could Destabilize Japan
By Travis Sanderson
In the event of an invasion, Taiwanese with the financial resources to do so would likely flee to Japan. Is Tokyo ready?
August 23, 2019
The Quiet Desperation of Refugees in Japan
By Sakari Mesimaki
Anger at long-term detention is fueling a hunger strike at the East Japan Immigration Center.
February 16, 2018
Japan’s Refugee Applications Exceed 10,000 for the Second Year Running
By Thisanka Siripala
As asylum seeker applications in Japan skyrocket, the government is tightening its notoriously tough refugee policy.
February 24, 2017
Why Japan Can't Criticize Trump's Refugee Ban
By Taisuke Komatsu
Trump's America isn't the only country turning its back on refugees. Japan is just as guilty.
December 21, 2016
Japanese Civil Society Is Helping Support Refugee Entrepreneurs
By Satoko Horii
Japan's government may be reluctant to open borders, but civil society is more welcoming.
October 27, 2015
Gauging Japan’s ‘Proactive Contributions to Peace’
By Jeffrey W. Hornung
The rhetoric has been strong, but has it been matched by action.