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Date : March 15, 2017

Accepting Foreign Residents–Issues and Japan’s Choice (Mr. Saburo Takizawa, Chairman of the Board of the Japan Association for UNHCR)

post date : 2017.03.02


While the Japanese government is interested in bringing in “highly skilled foreign professionals,” it does not permit unskilled laborers. There has been growing debate about people from Asian countries applying for refugee status for economic reasons, and over the technical intern training program. With reports that the government intends to deal with Syrian refugees by taking in two to three hundred foreign students and their families over the next five years, interest is high in how these refugees and other foreign residents will be handled.


The FPCJ has invited Mr. Saburo Takizawa, an expert on immigrant and refugee policy, a member of the Ministry of Justice Immigration Policy Discussion Panel, and Chairman of the Board of the Japan Association for UNHCR, to discuss Japan’s refugee policy, issues with accepting foreign residents, and future outlook. Don’t miss this rare chance!


Date: March 15 (Wed), 2017, 14:00-15:30

Place: Foreign Press Center Japan (6th fl., Nippon Press Center Bldg.)

Language: Japanese (with consecutive English interpretation)


*Embassy representatives and FPCJ supporting members may also attend the briefing as observers  (admission free).

*No car park is available. Please use a nearby car park if you come by car.

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