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Japan to grant entry to war-fleeing Ukrainians without guarantors

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Good for Japan, and for the many nations taking in Ukrainians seeking refuge. Poland has now taken in over 1 million. Japans contribution will be far smaller, but every show of support is important.

The millions of Ukrainians seeking refuge abroad will be saved from being attacked by fascist Russia who are invading their home and killing civilians - women and children included - in a cowardly, brutal manner.

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The move came as Ukrainian Ambassador to Japan Sergiy Korsunsky and others have called on Japan to allow the Ukrainian evacuees to work.

Since now they are allowed to come in without a relative/guarantor and work on extended visas, it is probable that their level of Japanese language ability is low.

Will they be assisting the other "trainees" from Southeast Asia in the spring planting season in rural Japan?

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Will they be assisting the other "trainees" from Southeast Asia in the spring planting season in rural Japan?

The Government has similar plans to make them work in the farms and construction industry!

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Cheap labor and most of the fleeing people are female too…

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Now the door will also be opened to those who do not,

Proof is in the pudding!

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The government plans to weigh each case on its needs and issue a short-term stay visa on a case-by-case basis as an exception.

Let's speed up the " weighing and arranging" and get some of those women & children out of those evacuation centres asap. European countries are waving the need for visas and passports for the refugees alltogether.

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Ukrainians to the front of the line, please. All others, please wait your turn.

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One year visas? I guess they're hoping the war will be over by then.

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One year visas? I guess they're hoping the war will be over by then."

For sure they do...yesterday Zelenskyi,s top advisor said they expect the war over by mid April ( either by negotiation / ceasefire in coming weeks or Russia,s war machine unable to sustain the invasion /running out of steam ).

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JeffLee

One year visas? I guess they're hoping the war will be over by then.

But the article says:

"It will also allow the visa to be changed to one that makes employment possible, if the stay gets prolonged."

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Must be nice

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Let,s see how many Ukranians will actually be allowed into Japan.

Guesses?

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The Government has similar plans to make them work in the farms and construction industry!

Find out soon enough. If we see a bunch of Western women waving flags at every 2m interval at construction sites, we know where these crucial jobs are filled from. After all, the elderly Japanese men doing it now are too demanding, so better replace them with cheaper wage people who cannot complain.

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@gintonic, you should be instead guessing how many even want to enter japan. Most rather stay in Europe or might even go to US or Australia. Japan is a lot harder for them to adapt. From language, culture to even working environment.

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The government plans to weigh each case on its needs and issue a short-term stay visa on a case-by-case basis as an exception.

Expect much sucking of teeth, slow decision making, and a brace of approved entrants.

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@gintonic, you should be instead guessing how many even want to enter japan. Most rather stay in Europe or might even go to US or Australia. Japan is a lot harder for them to adapt. From language, culture to even working environment.

You have to realize most people on here love Japanese culture, so they assume all people must also.

I don't see many Ukrainians coming to Japan, either. There are no decent jobs here for foreigners, the language is difficult, and if you speak neither Japanese nor English without a support group of fellow countrymen, you are SOL basically.

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Good we need as many as possible to save collapsing retirement system.

They can do simple work like farming, sorting, construction etc. as their Japanese language skills are probably low.

The only thing I'm afraid of is the reaction of common Japanese as they are being rebellious towards foreigners already.

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@gintonic, you should be instead guessing how many even want to enter japan. Most rather stay in Europe or might even go to US or Australia. Japan is a lot harder for them to adapt. From language, culture to even working environment.

Though small, there are Ukraine and Russia communities(many of those speak very good Japanese too) in Japan who would also provide great help.

If they don't want to come to Japan, that is their choice. nothing wrong with Japan preparing itself for them.

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If they don't want to come to Japan, that is their choice. nothing wrong with Japan preparing itself for them.

Also, as somebody else mentioned, it's important to remember that these are all women, children and elderly men. Fighting age men are not allowed to leave Ukraine.

There will be extremely few of these people who would want to go to such a faraway (and culturally foreign) country from their male family members back home. That's also the reason why there are not many refugees going to the US, but likely the US would still be 100x that of Japan since many of them have relatives there.

I think with this group, actually having a "guarantor" is a very good thing, since the refugees would have a very difficult time without them.

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@gintonic, you should be instead guessing how many even want to enter japan. Most rather stay in Europe or might even go to US or Australia. Japan is a lot harder for them to adapt. From language, culture to even working environment.

Agree that most will want to go to a closer European country , but I,d bet more than 47 would want to come to Japan, even temporarily.

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I think with this group, actually having a "guarantor" is a very good thing, since the refugees would have a very difficult time without them.

When people flee from a conflict zone, not many will have a guarantor lined up.....NGO,s & charitable organizations can become their "guarantor" or even a Japanese govt agency itself if it wans to after they arrive in Japan. Priority is to get these people from the refugee centres in Poland which are rapidly becoming very crowded.

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The only thing I'm afraid of is the reaction of common Japanese as they are being rebellious towards foreigners already.

According to a NHK poll, 85% of Japanese expressed support for the state policy on Ukrainian refugees. That's a significant majority and the "good-listener" Kishida administration's move naturally reflects on it.

https://www.nhk.or.jp/politics/articles/lastweek/79233.html

Meanwhile, the influx of refugees seems to become unbearable for receiving neighbors. Unless an immediate ceasefire is attained, the mobility pattern will hardly stop.

ウクライナ難民300万人超 周辺国、受け入れ限界

https://www.nikkei.com/article/DGXZQOUA151V70V10C22A3000000/

I know that Japan is far from perfect, its overall immigration policy tends to be makeshift. Its response to the current crisis is a trial-error learning process. Sure, many Ukrainians prefer to stay closer to home as they hold rights of choice about where to move and re-settle. Japan only gives an alternative option, and no matter how its offering is superficial, it's still better off than life forced to take cover under shelter, almost around the clock with no hope of immediate war end.

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All for this. Great idea for once.

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Do they do the 3 day quarantine, the 7 day or do they get the fast pass no quarantine? Also, are they required to install a data mining/tracking application on their own smartphone?

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Ukrainians and Russians are highly intelligent in linguistic and STEM fields. It's a shame they are barring young males from leaving the country.

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Fighting age men are not allowed to leave Ukraine.

This is false.

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Open your arms and heart Japan, these are desperate times that requires desperate acts. No Visas, NO limits, NO restrictions at all, these people are in need of help and they will not cross Asia only to meet RED TAPES.

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How do Ukrainian people get to Japan? What we should to do? Do we get a place or do we have to look?

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I am Ukrainian. Currently I located in Thailand, and Russia invasion of my country caught me in the middle of my vacation and because of these events I can’t go back home now. When I found out that Japan was ready to consider cases of Ukrainians who have no relatives in Japan, I immediately wrote to the Embassy, ​​but none of my letters yielded results. I have been to Japan twice, and I really hoped that I could escape the war and my case will be considered. But now i lost hope. They just said "you should find someone in Japan"...

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