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Japan Accepts 11 Asylum Seekers From Record 5,000 Applying in 2014

Japan accepted 11 asylum seekers out of a record 5,000 applications in 2014, Ministry of Justice data showed, drawing criticism from advocates and lawyers that the country is not doing enough to provide protection to refugees. The number of asylum applications rose 53 percent from the previous year, while the refugee recognition rate was 0.2 percent, one of the lowest among industrialized economies. “The low recognition rate is shameful,” said immigration lawyer Shogo Watanabe. In...

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