Opening Japan’s Doors to Refugees

Jeffrey W. Hornung and Paul Midford

Publications Opening Japan’s Doors to Refugees

Among the world’s rich democracies, Japan has been an outlier when it comes to taking in refugees. Last year Tokyo received a record 5,000 applications for asylum but accepted only 11. Germany, meanwhile, accepted more than 33,000 refugees, the U.S. more than 21,000 and the U.K. more than 10,000. Even South Korea, a country with only a fraction of Japan’s land area and population, accepted 87 refugees.

This article appeared in the Wall Street Journal on Nov. 3, 2015. Continue reading here.

This commentary also was featured in Defense News’ Early Bird Brief for Nov. 6, 2015.

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