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53 Afghan evacuees arrive in Japan

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For Japanese this amount of refugees is large and i do hope Japan will keep helping people in need. Even if there is no direct work Japan. Those people need help.

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It seems only professional people who have some connection with Japan and/or the outside world getting into Japan. Very discriminatory

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Japan shouldn't be taking these people. They are not in any danger

When I first came to Japan, I wasn't in any danger, either, neither did I have any solid links with Japan, just a youthful interest. I just said Pretty please can I have a visa and job, and no one put any obstacles in my way. No one suggested I should be 'tracked closely' or located to some other place. At the time Japan didn't owe me anything. These people do have links with Japan - embassy staff and JICA employees - so they have stronger ties than I had when I first arrived.

Why the negativity?

I see no reason for them not to be welcomed.

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@cleo

What visa did you get granted, what job were you given permission do do in Japan?.

I had 2 degrees and 10 years of experience and a sponsored job in Japan and it still took me 6 months to get the visa. That made me confident I was moving to a country that were strict about who they let in, only those who proved a benefit to this country and a skill that could not be found internally.

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What visa did you get granted, what job were you given permission do do in Japan?

When I first arrived (many, many years ago) I was granted a 'special' visa. My main purpose was to improve my Japanese language (I had just graduated with a BA in Japanese language and culture, but my speaking/hearing skills were minimal), but I was not attached to any academic institution, had no formal course to follow. I was allowed to do some casual part-time work, but not anything resembling a 'real' job.

After a few months when my language skills were up to scratch (well, better, at least) I applied for a visa to teach English which was granted no problem. Over the years that was upgraded to a spousal visa and then PR.

The thing is, as far as Japan is concerned neither you nor I, in fact probably most of the posters here, have any real 'reason' to come to Japan. We just wanted to, and we did.

These embassy and JICA staff have much stronger links to the country. They have served Japan for years, they surely deserve better treatment than 'they shouldn't be here, track them closely, send them somewhere else'.

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The thing is, as far as Japan is concerned neither you nor I, in fact probably most of the posters here, have any real 'reason' to come to Japan. We just wanted to, and we did.

No, I had a demonstrable skill set that could not be found in Japan, so I had a benefit for Japan. What do these 50 guys offer Japan?

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I had reason to arrive here from London, with my Japanese wife on a spouse visa but I had no intentions of getting a "job" and in 30 years I have never had one. I think the PR took about five years. These Afghans will need support going forward and the Muslim community will step in to help them in every way.

500 is a massive number for Japan. They earned their right to be here.

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for Japanese this amount of refugees is large

The article doesn't say they're "refugees," merely that they have been evacuated.

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What do these 50 guys offer Japan?

They have offered years of service already, and now face a backlash from a bunch of religious nutters with a mediaeval mindset.

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They have offered years of service already, 

Did they do that for free or were they paid for their services?.

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Open Up your heart Japan, these people really need help.

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Did they do that for free or were they paid for their services?.

I’m pretty sure they weren’t paid enough to make up for being left in the tender embrace of the Taliban.

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tokyojoe:

I had 2 degrees and 10 years of experience and a sponsored job in Japan and it still took me 6 months to get the visa.

I came with less than you and my visa took less than a month.

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The big difference between one million refugees entering the 27 countries of Europe and 500 entering Japan, who have earned their right to be here.

JeffLee

for Japanese this amount of refugees is large

The article doesn't say they're "refugees," merely that they have been evacuated.

If they worked for the Japanese and now their lives are in danger, then they are refugees.

The people objecting are foreigners themselves.

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@Zichi

 then they are refugees.

So it's interesting that none of the Kyodo articles, whose reports are Japanese govt information, use the word "refugees" when describing them. They are always "evacuees."

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JeffLee@Zichi

 then they are refugees.

So it's interesting that none of the Kyodo articles, whose reports are Japanese govt information, use the word "refugees" when describing them. They are always "evacuees."

The good point is that the Japanese have taken them in.

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It seems only professional people who have some connection with Japan and/or the outside world getting into Japan. Very discriminatory

I'm ok with them discriminating against strongly against the willingly unvaccinated. Right now, we're seeing a strong lack of discrimination against these lesser humans.

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Japan will give a visa automatically to anyone from a first world nation. If you have to wait six months, then there is something wrong with you or you have a criminal record. It's good to see that Japan is opening it's doors to Afghan refugees.

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If they support Japan and love this country and it's people, we should welcome them with open arms.

@Cleo

Glad to hear about your story. You've defended Japan on many occasions. Thank you.

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