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Myanmar soccer player to be granted refugee status 

  • August 13, 2021
  • , Mainichi, Nikkei, Sankei
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Nikkei, Mainichi, and Sankei wrote that they learned from informed sources on Thursday that the Japanese government has decided to grant refugee status to a Myanmar soccer player who sought asylum after taking part in a World Cup qualifier against Japan in May as a member of Myanmar’s national soccer team. Before the match, he flashed a three-finger salute in protest of Myanmar’s military. He refused to return home with his teammates in June and applied for asylum in Japan. Japan’s Immigration Services Agency determined that he should be given refugee status because he could face persecution in Myanmar. The agency says it is planning to issue a document certifying his refugee status on Aug. 20. 

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