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Japan News | Refugees

Japan PM shuts down prospect of Japan taking in refugees after announcing humanitarian aid
  • Following his speech at the U.N. General Assembly, PM Shinzo Abe stated that Japan would be focusing on domestic issues in lieu of taking in refugees.
  • Citing the need to focus on the birthrate, gender inclusiveness, and the elderly, Abe framed the issue as one of “demography.”
  • At the General Assembly, Abe announced that Japan would provide $810 million in assistance for those affected by the Syrian and Iraqi conflicts, with an additional $750 million going to infrastructure and other peace-building projects.

Read more:
Abe says Japan must solve its own problems before accepting any Syria refugees” (Reuters)
Japan’s Leader Shinzo Abe Triples Aid to Address Mideast Refugee Crisis” (New York Times)
Abe: Japan ready to help refugees, but not take them in” (AP)

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