Japan Grants Refugee Status over Homosexuality for 1st Time

Politics Society

Tokyo, July 2 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government granted refugee status to a foreigner in 2018 over fears of persecution owing to the person's homosexuality, informed sources said Tuesday.

This is the first time for Japan to have recognized a foreigner as a refugee for such a reason, according to the Immigration Services Agency.

The agency did not disclose the nationality, gender or other personal details of the foreigner in question.

Same-sex sexual behaviors are subject to imprisonment in the home country of the foreigner. The person was arrested and held in prison for two years in the country.

The person applied for refugee status after being freed on bail and arriving in Japan.

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