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Applications for Refugee Status in Japan Soar 80% in 2017 (News)

Tokyo, Feb. 13 (Jiji Press)—The number of foreigners who applied for refugee status in Japan in 2017 came to a record 19,628, up about 80% from the previous year, the Justice Ministry said in a preliminary report on Tuesday. Only 20 of them saw their refugee applications accepted, as the ministry believes that most of the applicants simply wanted to work in Japan. The ministry used to allow …
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