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Refugee applicants to Japan surge in 2023; may reach record high

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They could not give free lodging and boarding to stay in Japan

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The number of refugee applicants to Japan is surging this year,

Gimmie a break with the vocabulary here. "Surging"? What is even more mysterious is why anyone would even WANT to be a refugee in Japan in the first place.

Japan is hardly the most welcoming country in the world.

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As the safest country in the world, it is great to see Japan accepting a record number of refugees. Many people from conflict zones seek peace.

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As the safest country in the world, it is great to see Japan accepting a record number of refugees.

When that record is only 202 people for the whole year, "great" is not exactly the word that comes to mind, specially compared with how many people are accepted in other peaceful countries.

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Hey Japan, DO NOT repeat the mistakes of the Western countries. 'Multiculturalism' and 'diversity' are a failure. Western countries are paying the price for it

Close your border. Only bring in highly skilled immigrant

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Hey Japan, DO NOT repeat the mistakes of the Western countries. 'Multiculturalism' and 'diversity' are a failure. Western countries are paying the price for it. Close your border. Only bring in highly skilled immigrant

This is what is wrong with the world today, what a stupid idea.

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Hey Japan, DO NOT repeat the mistakes of the Western countries. 'Multiculturalism' and 'diversity' are a failure. Western countries are paying the price for it

Nah, Canada is extremely multicultural, and is always rated in the top counties in the world for everything.

They also bring in many refugees and offer free heath care. It really is a model for the planet.

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Understandable someone East/Southeast asia/Micronesia etc. seeking refuge in Japan.

Same for syrians seeking refuge in Turkey, or africans fleeing to Uganda, the largest refugee-hosting country in Africa.

If you pay thousands of $$ to cross multiple peaceful countries by land/air to get to your 'destination' you're not a refugee.

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Kotara88 @8.44am

What a humanitarian attitude you have.

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JapantimeToday  08:21 am JST

As the safest country in the world, it is great to see Japan accepting a record number of refugees.

Is it really? Look European cities to see where this train is heading.

Many people from conflict zones seek peace.

You can not solve the conflicts in conflict zones by importing them here. All you do is import the conflict with them. Look at the street battles between Turks and Kurds in German cities or the massive crowds of Hamas supporters shouting death to Israel in NY. Is that what you want for Japan?

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Roy

I'm not entirely sure what you think (or what you believe when other people tell you) is happening in German cities. But they are not battlefields.

Depends if you decide to look away or pay attention.

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finally rich

Understandable someone East/Southeast asia/Micronesia etc. seeking refuge in Japan.

Same for syrians seeking refuge in Turkey, or africans fleeing to Uganda, the largest refugee-hosting country in Africa.

If you pay thousands of $ to cross multiple peaceful countries by land/air to get to your 'destination' you're not a refugee.

True. Another aspect that usually is blanked out by the media is that in a genuine refugee situation, everybody flees, especially the elderly, children, women, etc. Now look the pictures from e.g. Lampedusa.... all young, healthy men. So what are we supposed to think? That they all "fled" and left behind the vulnerable?

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You can not solve the conflicts in conflict zones by importing them here. All you do is import the conflict with them.

It's just a weekly occurence somewhere in Europe (fresh footage whenever you check your X feed) but the japanese remember well their little pockets of fire.

https://www.nicovideo.jp/watch/sm38803754

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That's all fine and good but unless acceptance also meets a record high it has no meaning. Have they even accepted ONE refugee this year (on refugee status as opposed to "special status")?

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10 young energetic immigrants or one overweight, ageing conservative ? Economically and socially speaking, it's a no-brainer.

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Hey Japan, DO NOT repeat the mistakes of the Western countries. 'Multiculturalism' and 'diversity' are a failure. Western countries are paying the price for it

Should we all start packing then?

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Close your border. Only bring in highly skilled immigrant

The vast majority of job vacancies in Japan are not for highly skilled people. They are jobs locals do not want to do due to 3K conditions and low pay.

Try telling the owner of the dried squid packing factory that he can't have immigrant labour. Or ordinary people that their dried squid snacks are going to cost 150 yen more to pay for local labour.

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kohakuebisu

The vast majority of job vacancies in Japan are not for highly skilled people. They are jobs locals do not want to do due to 3K conditions and low pay.

Try telling the owner of the dried squid packing factory that he can't have immigrant labour. Or ordinary people that their dried squid snacks are going to cost 150 yen more to pay for local labour.

So pay what the market demands, and if that does not work, change business. It is called efficient allocation of ressources, aka free market. Bringing in cheap foreign labour to undercut the local population creates more problems than it solves in the long term. That should be obvious..... sadly, politicians tend to only think short term.

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finally rich

It's just a weekly occurence somewhere in Europe (fresh footage whenever you check your X feed) but the japanese remember well their little pockets of fire.

https://www.nicovideo.jp/watch/sm38803754

Wow, that is Japan. You can multiply that by 100 if you talk about Berlin, Cologne, etc. But wait, Roy will tell you that this does not happen in Japan, and you are only "regurgitating all the usual right-wing anti-immigration talking points"....

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@ Roy

Dont know where you live Roy but you sure aren’t up to date on the news!

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YubaruToday  07:44 am JST

The number of refugee applicants to Japan is surging this year,

Gimmie a break with the vocabulary here. "Surging"?

I don't know how many we accepted here recently but I remember 1 year a while back, it was 11 or something like that.

So based on that number, it could be 'surging' but still be quite a small number.

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Close your border. Only bring in highly skilled immigrant

a" highly skilled immigrant" is still an immigrant. Something tells me you'd find something they were doing wrong too, probably gomi separation or chopstick misdemeanors, something important like that.

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