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Government to permit evacuees from Ukraine to work in Japan 

  • March 16, 2022
  • , Mainichi, Yomiuri, Sankei
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Mainichi wrote that Justice Minister Furukawa told reporters on Tuesday that the GOJ is planning to allow Ukrainian evacuees to work in Japan by granting them a one-year “designated activities” residence status. The move came following Ukrainian Ambassador to Japan Korsunsky’s request to the minister on March 11 to allow the evacuees to work in Japan. Furukawa said the government will be flexible in handling the visa status of evacuees from Ukraine by sufficiently taking their situations into consideration. As of Sunday, Japan had accepted 47 Ukrainian evacuees, all of whom entered Japan on 90-day short stay visas. Prime Minister Kishida instructed Foreign Minister Hayashi, Justice Minister Furukawa, and other relevant cabinet ministers on Tuesday to take sufficient measures to assist the evacuees from Ukraine. Separately, Chief Cabinet Secretary Matsuno told the press on Tuesday that the entire government is urgently looking into how to support the evacuees in terms of accommodations, employment, education, and other matters. According to the paper, the GOJ has set up a help desk at the Immigration Services Agency of Japan to assist newly arriving Ukrainians. Yomiuri and Sankei ran similar reports. 

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