Melanie Brock is a specialist in Japan-APAC relations. She has her own consultancy and is a senior adviser at Finsbury Glover Hering.
Japan granted refugee status to 74 asylum-seekers in 2021. You might be astounded at this tiny number, but it is the highest since Japan first recognized refugees in 1982. Nearly half of the 74 people granted asylum last year came from Myanmar following last year's military takeover.