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Japan grants refugee status to 98 Afghans fleeing Taliban

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Dangerous. Hope this doesn't come back to bite Japan.

-4 ( +16 / -20 )

Japan has granted refugee status to 98 people who fled Afghanistan

98?

Canada received 40 thousands Afghanistan refugee.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/ukraine-afghan-refugees-1.6381826

Germany 10 thousands Afghanistan refugee.

https://www.cnbc.com/2021/08/20/as-the-election-approaches-germany-welcomes-afghan-refugees-for-now.html

0 ( +13 / -13 )

Wow! 98. Not even 100. Way to go Japan!

-6 ( +6 / -12 )

@sakurasuki

Canada received 40 thousands Afghanistan refugee.

And how is that going for them..

0 ( +12 / -12 )

@Northernlife

Canada received 40 thousands Afghanistan refugee.

And how is that going for them..

They just ordinary people that want to live their life.

https://ottawacitizen.com/opinion/levine-a-year-of-the-taliban-three-women-wait-for-their-new-life-in-canada-to-start

2 ( +11 / -9 )

An alien culture with no connections to Japan. Most Japanese people don't want them here. A stupid move by Japan which had no part in the problems of Afghanistan.

-6 ( +10 / -16 )

While the Ukrainians, fleeing an intense war in which the aggressor is blowing up people's homes, need to be satisfied with short-term evacuee status? Methinks there is discrimination going on.

-7 ( +4 / -11 )

Canada received 40 thousands Afghanistan refugee.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/ukraine-afghan-refugees-1.6381826

Germany 10 thousands Afghanistan refugee.

https://www.cnbc.com/2021/08/20/as-the-election-approaches-germany-welcomes-afghan-refugees-for-now.html

Could you be more accurate and update those figures? According to the references, Canada "promised" to intake 40k while Merkel of Germany "could" accept 10k refugees.

Refugee intake is not a competition. Instead of boasting it, let's see and worry about the (worsening) situations in their countries of departure, namely Afghanistan under the Taliban rule.

3 ( +7 / -4 )

One GOOD step in the right direction, I see a light at the end of the long and dark tunnel. Japan needs to do more as most refuges come to Japan to work, pay taxes, contribute to society and become part of this democracy, I hope Japan will do more in the near future.

-6 ( +5 / -11 )

It's a Small number when you consider "Families", but actually a good move on Japan. Progression, albeit at a slow pace. 5 Years may seem a long time in order to be "useful" for Japan, but, it's not really, but I hope they establish themselves here. Perhaps even by adding Afghan cuisine to the menu available for Japanese consumers ?

-2 ( +4 / -6 )

Hopefully soon will come a time for Japan where accepting less than 100 refugees is no longer worth being in the news.

-5 ( +4 / -9 )

Perhaps even by adding Afghan cuisine to the menu available for Japanese consumers ?"

Yep, Japan sure needs more diverse authentic ethnic food...one of the great things we can enjoy in multicultural countries is the wide variety of awesome , genuine ethnic cuisine.

-8 ( +0 / -8 )

by my opinion they could get refugee status in very next safe country.look at the map.

Turkmenistan-no war

Tajikistan-no war

Iran-no war

Uzbekistan-no war

Pakistan-no war

They could get refugee status there easy.They could blend to that society very easy/same culture religion habits/

Why Japan?

Any reasonable explanation?

4 ( +10 / -6 )

.....Pakistan-no war

They could get refugee status there easy.They could blend to that society very easy/same culture religion habits/

Why Japan? Any reasonable explanation?"

Why US, Canada, Australia, EU or any other "advanced country" ...? Your explanation is right there. Besides the Afghans Japan accepted are exclusively ones who worked for J-entities in Afghanistan.

0 ( +5 / -5 )

Aren't there better ways to spend Japanese taxpayer's money?

Like, young carers or children living below the poverty line?

2 ( +8 / -6 )

You should delete posts that state that these Afghans are running away for a reason.

-2 ( +2 / -4 )

An alien culture with no connections to Japan.

Says the non-Asian. Nice.

-2 ( +6 / -8 )

@Eastman

There are many Afghan refugees in the countries you mention. Some of them live long-term in refugee camps. However, these countries are either dictatorships with even less regard for human rights than Japan (Turkmenistan, Tajikistan) or politically disunited with terrorist groups operating in its territory (Pakistan). And if someone is asking why Japan should "pay" for a war it had no involvement in (it did, by the way), then why should Iran accommodate refugees from a country invaded and brutally occupied by the US for 20 years?

Anyway, it's 98 people, which means very, very few.

-3 ( +3 / -6 )

They should be a accommodated in a country that fits their religion, like Pakistan, and not Japan, which is as haram as imaginable, with its liberal attitute to musik, artistry, sex, alcohol etc.. If Japan wants to help, why pay to help resettlement in Pakistan?

-2 ( +7 / -9 )

Anyway, it's 98 people, which means very, very few.

At first... uncles, aunts, cousins, future husbands and wives...46% of Afghans marry their cousins. Then the birth rate... The average is 6.6 per married woman. Is this what the Japanese population want for Matsuto in Chiba?

-1 ( +7 / -8 )

They would be better off in Canada, I think.

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Redstorm

That would be Japan then. There are more than 250,000 Muslims here, more than 30 mosques, halal shops, and restaurants. They will feel right at home. Welcome.

Comparing Japan with Pakistan is more than a bit absurd. Japans culture and laws are absolutely not Sharia compatible, and the reason there is not more pressure to make it so is simply because the numbers are so small. Look at Europe to see where this culture clash heads as the numbers increase.

-3 ( +4 / -7 )

These are the privileged, educated Afghanis, who were working at the Japan Embassy, possibly facing reprisals for collaboration, and already knew something of Japan culture and food. They stand a reasonable chance of succeeding and integrating into Japan, unlike a poppy farmer from the Helmand region, also targeted by the Taliban.

-2 ( +2 / -4 )

They just ordinary people that want to live their life

So you've met them and that's how you know that ?

There's no such thing as ordinary life in Japan.

They are probably asking themselves why on earth they came here .

But hey yes accepting refugees instead of evacuees.

A big round of applause for leadership of humanitarian aid in the world.

Not .

0 ( +3 / -3 )

Those always comparing the numbers of acceptance are idiots while UK kicking them back to somewhere in Africa and EU as a whole struggling for internal arrangements to transfer them in exchange for money 。

Germany is not an exception.

So many of Korean refugees accepted during/after Korean war , now entitled with even SPR.

Chiune Sugihara saved many jews by providing free passports during WW2 against the will of his own home country Japan.

Hey the place they finally settle does not matter. They are to chose the most easiest place to live for themselves.

If they chose Canada, or US, they have reasons to do so.

-2 ( +1 / -3 )

Hey, The place they finally settle does matter. They are to chose the most easiest place to live for themselves.

Japan has been reserving air-flights seats for Ulkranian refugees every week and that financial package you heard for them, yet damn it if you do, damn it if you don't, always always. And what? Japanese English skills are too poor to accept those refugees???? What kind of BS is that!! It's like simple masturbation by J-haters of foreign media (including JT) and gaijin posters themselves.

-4 ( +0 / -4 )

Gotta keep it in the 2 digits apparently.

-4 ( +0 / -4 )

Big move for Japan

1 ( +2 / -1 )

Well done. If you're willing and able to help a fellow human being, I can only applaud you.

@ Tokyojoe

These people have endured suffering, poverty and despair. What makes them dangerous? Such a disgusting remark.

-1 ( +1 / -2 )

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