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'No foreigners allowed': Survey shows heavy discrimination in Japan

40% are refused housing because they are not Japanese

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Foreigners wait in line at the Osaka Regional Immigration Bureau for a residence card.   © Kyodo

TOKYO -- Nearly 40% of foreign residents seeking housing in Japan are turned down because they are not Japanese, according to a new government survey. Roughly the same percentage also report being refused housing due to the lack of a Japanese guarantor.

Nearly 27% of the 2,044 foreign respondents who had sought new housing within the past five years reported giving up on a potential residence after discovering a notice saying "no foreigners allowed."

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