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World Refugee Day – An Update from Ushiku no Kai

On Tuesday, May 18, the government and the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) announced their decision not to pass the “amendment bill” to the Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act that was being discussed in the current Diet session. The Ministry of Justice’s proposed amendment, which claims to solve the problem of long-term detention, is “a complete lie,” says a statement of protest issued by Bar Associations nationwide.

Refugee Advocacy in Japan: What You Need To Know

Refugee advocacy in Japan did not start until around the 1980s, after Japan accepted 11,319 forced migrants from Indochina under the pressure of the U.S and its allies. Around the same time, the country became a party to the 1951 Refugee Convention in an effort to overcome its isolationist image and foster a positive reputation as a developed country willing to fulfill its international obligations.

There are Limits to Deportation! The Non-Refoulement Principle

The non-refoulement principle refers to the idea that states cannot return people knowingly back to their country of origin or any place for that matter where there is a substantial ground to believe that the person would suffer irreparable harms [1]. These harms may include gross human rights abuses, such as torture, persecution, ill-treatment, and lack of a fair trial or extreme discrimination (slavery, lack of women and LGBTQ rights, and mental illness) leading to bodily harm or even death.

Ushiku no Kai 2020 Annual Meeting

On December 13, our members attended the 2020 annual meeting of Ushiku Nyukan Syuyojyo Mondai wo Kangaerukai (Association Concerned with Issues at Ushiku Migrant Detention Center), or Ushiku no Kai in Tsukuba City, Japan. Ushiku no Kai is a coalition of individuals who advocate for the human rights of many foreign migrants detained in the East Japan Immigration Center (Ushiku Detention Center), a facility located in Ushiku, Ibaraki Prefecture.

My Saturdays and A Glimpse of Children’s Smiles

Today, I would like to write about a Japanese language class held in Warabi City of Saitama Prefecture. This Japanese language class is held twice a week, on every Thursday at the Kokoshiba Cafe and every Saturday at the Shiba Community Center, mainly for Kurdish people from Turkey. In this article, I will introduce the Japanese language class held every Saturday at Shiba Community Center.

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