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.
“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)
(Image Credit: Carlo Allegri/Reuters, via The New York Times)