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Besides waiting for the governments and the United Nations to solve the global refugee issue, I believe private-sector businesses and individuals should also do something.

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Tadashi Yanai, the chairman and president of Uniqlo's operator Fast Retailing Co, saying the company's Uniqlo clothing chain intends to hire 100 or so refugees at stores in Japan and abroad in a major expansion of its program of supporting displaced people. (Asahi Shimbun)

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Precisely an example of successful J companies delighted to hire refugees.

Cue the posters badmouthing Yanai?

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Tadashi Yanai, the chairman and president of Uniqlo’s operator Fast Retailing Co, saying the company’s Uniqlo clothing chain intends to hire 100 or so refugees at stores in Japan and abroad in a major expansion of its program of supporting displaced people.

Good on him. But, logic says the majority of these hires will have to be outside of Japan, since Japan only allowed in 11 refugees last year. But at least it is an important start and great moral example for others to follow.

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But how many legal restraints do we have to helping? If you wanted to simply adopt a refugee family, how much money and how many hoops are we talking? Is it even remotely possible?

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But, logic says the majority of these hires will have to be outside of Japan, since Japan only allowed in 11 refugees last year

True.

If you wanted to simply adopt a refugee family, how much money and how many hoops are we talking?

Undoubtedly many high, tight and repetitive hoops.

Has Yanai the leverage - with a soft power that Japan Inc sorely needs - to force J Gov's hand?

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This guy's a businessman, first and always.

The hit they'll take training and hiring ONLY 100 "displaced" (out of 4 MILLION) will be more than made up by the free publicity and whatever tax breaks or even subsidies he gets for this.

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