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40% of refugee applicants deemed “appropriate” for refugee status by councillors denied status by justice minister

  • June 11, 2017
  • , Tokyo Shimbun , Lead story
  • JMH Translation

Of the 31 applicants for refugee status during the 2013–16 period whom the majority of “refugee screening councilors” deemed “appropriate for refugee status,” about 40% (13 applicants) were refused the status by the Minister of Justice, it was learned through research at the Ministry of Justice. “Refugee screening councilors” are private-sector experts appointed by the Minister of Justice [to give their opinion on applications for refugee status]. MOJ has said that it “respects” the views of the councillors, but something different from the official position has been found. (Abridged)


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