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Locals eager to help Ukrainian evacuees; 895 offers made so far

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Just shows when the Tokyo machine needs to work fast, it can do it. No laborious meetings after meetings, discussions et al

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I have often noticed that Japans immigration bureaucrats (Ministry of Justice, need we say more) are way out of touch with ordinary Japanese people. Intelligence in Japan is rooted in decent hard working people, and not it's Government Agencies.

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Very nice! People are nice!

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Good to that this world still has some good souls.

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It is of course nice what all those people doing, however very cynical on the other hand.

There are many more refugees from all over the world, people in various countries that need help.

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The question is for how long can these refugees be supported? They had nothing when they left their destroyed homes so everything such as clothing, food, water, shelter, electronics, and a bit of cash for moving about is essential for them. Now is ok but I don’t think the Japanese Government or locals will keep providing these in the long run and these refugees will need to learn the Japanese language first and then get work in order to adapt to Japan. Even the evacuees from Fukushima weren’t support for a long period of time apart from the tiny housing apartments which were provided to them.

Life isn’t easy to start from scratch especially in a country like Japan where Japanese language is a necessity!

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The question is for how long can these refugees be supported? They had nothing when they left their destroyed homes so everything such as clothing, food, water, shelter, electronics, and a bit of cash for moving about is essential for them. Now is ok but I don’t think the Japanese Government or locals will keep providing these in the long run and these refugees will need to learn the Japanese language first and then get work in order to adapt to Japan. Even the evacuees from Fukushima weren’t support for a long period of time apart from the tiny housing apartments which were provided to them.

Life isn’t easy to start from scratch especially in a country like Japan where Japanese language is a necessity!

I don’t blame you folks for not knowing what's going on. All you have to do is to read Japanese media more than you rely on English media to get to know things like these.

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Just goes to show exactly how much more generous and caring the Japanese public are towards the Ukrainian refugees compared to the Japanese government.

This is where democracy and strenth of the Japanese people's effort to provide assistance should be answered immediately.

Very kind .

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Meanwhile in Ukraine 120, 000 children have been separated from their parents, taken to Russia and are up for adoption for Russian families almost certainly they will never meet their families again and will probably be brainwashed into thinking they are dead. This has been confirmed by various officials from the Ukrainian government just go on Twitter and check for yourself. We can see there is a clear population war happening here Russia is taking a natural resource of a country to replace those it has lost and in war, alcoholism, drugs and skills.

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895 out of how many million? Respect to those who offered but in context it’s not a lot. As a contrast Poland is hosting over a million and even in the UK more than 100,000 have offered to host.

I can understand for Ukrainians, Japan is culturally and geographically distant so fewer seek to go there but I am surprised more people didn’t offer even though the probability of their being needed is small.

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@englisc aspyrgend

How about you? Are you a resident in Japan? Have you made any offers to help yet?

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Warms my heart. THIS is the Japanese kindness that I remember.

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Let the Japanese Foreign Office take control of this, and not the Ministry of Justice.

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It is just a small point but if you read all the articles regarding the people fleeing Ukraine, and the few souls who have made it to Japan, they are always referred to as Evacuees, not refugees. It seems that Japan is ready to help them in the short term, but expects them to return to Ukraine once the dust settles, not stay forever.

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@MarkXToday 

It is just a small point but if you read all the articles regarding the people fleeing Ukraine, and the few souls who have made it to Japan, they are always referred to as Evacuees, not refugees. It seems that Japan is ready to help them in the short term, but expects them to return to Ukraine once the dust settles, not stay forever.

Media seems aligning with the definition of refugee by the international refugee treaty which excludes evacuees from the war among nations ( not civil war) . Yet, it has been reported that J-govt is to pass the law to change their status from evacuees to quasi-refugees right after upper house election, thereby, they can extend their stay further to almost forever. For now, they are given 90 days visa initially which is extendable for another 1 year under "Special Activities Visa"

As everybody else, I also imagine they want to return home land once war is over but if they wish to stay here,

and if the said law was passed and put in force, they can stay here as long as they wish.

Yet Japan cannot force them to do so.

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"As of Thursday, the Immigration Services Agency of Japan said it had received offers of assistance, including jobs and housing, far in excess of the some 400 Ukrainians that have sought refuge in Japan to date."

And VERY far from the 20 Japan will allow in for only six months before expelling them (after all the back-patting, of course). Good on these people for volunteering offers to help. Sad the government is to scared and must pander to the right and so it will not happen.

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And VERY far from the 20 Japan will allow in for only six months before expelling them (after all the back-patting, of course).

I guess that they don't know how long they want to be here, that Japan doesn't know how long they want to stay here. It is not only 6 month as I said just the above. What is it with you being so fussy about erroneous 6month time limit?

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