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Japan recognizes Nepalese as refugees for first time

  • 2015-04-28 15:00:00
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(Nikkei: April 25, 2015 – p. 39)


 The Japan Lawyers Network for Refugees (JLNR) disclosed on April 24 that a Nepali couple have been recognized as refugees. The couple, who live in Toyokawa City in Aichi Prefecture, had applied for refugee status on account of political persecution. According to the JLNR, the number of Nepalese seeking refuge in Japan has surged recently. However, the couple are the first Nepalese to be recognized as refugees in Japan. They were granted refugee status on March 27.


 According to Nahoko Sasao, a lawyer for the couple, they are K.C. Deepak, a 35-year-old royalist, and his wife. Their home was burned down by communist party Maoists in 2003 and they were seriously injured in an attack in the following year.


 The couple arrived in Japan on tourist visas in 2007. They applied for refugee status in 2010. But the Japanese government turned down the application the following year, citing a peace accord struck in Nepal. They reapplied, submitting records for medical treatment. Why they were granted recognition this time has not been disclosed.


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