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Japan must learn to accept more refugees

Tokyo needs to carefully consider its role in the global society

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Ukrainian refugees arrive at Narita airport, east of Tokyo, on April 16: The impetus for change. (Photo by Mizuho Miyazaki)

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.

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