All posts in: "Asylum seekers"

  1. **UPDATE** Help Gedion!

    On Wednesday 13th June at around 4:30pm, Gedion was granted provisional release from Nagoya Immigration Bureau. The efforts of a large number of concerned individuals…

  2. Help Gedion!

    On the evening of 30th May, Ethiopian refugee Teffera Gedion Mulugeta was forcibly detained at Nagoya Immigration Bureau. This is the fourth time he has…

  3. Detention time of asylum seekers in Japan to shorten

    There is more hopeful news for refugees in Japan with an announcement from Toshio Ogawa, Justice Minister, of the Japanese Government’s intention to improve conditions…

  4. False asylum claims: A real cause for concern

    Japan’s flawed system of refugee protection is under further stress due to an alleged increase in individuals allegedly falsifying asylum claims. Last week, Asahi Newspaper reported on…

  5. Visiting a Detention Centre in Japan – Part 2

    Meandering through poorly lit passages I enter a dark, cheerless room organised in rows of tables and chairs. ‘I’ve asked them so many times to…

  6. Visiting a detention centre in Japan – Part 1

    Mandatory detention is a controversial practice which features in the immigration policy of many countries. This is despite strong criticism as to its consistency with…

  7. Ghanaian death during deportation court case begins on Monday

    An investigation into the horrific death of Ghanaian citizen Abubakar Awudu Suraj in March 2010 has been stalled by Chiba prosecutors with Japanese authorities yet…

  8. Solidarity with Migrants National Forum – Japan

    Over two days on 18th and 19th June I attended the 8th National Forum in Solidarity with Migrants – Tokai, at Chukyo University, Nagoya. The forum attracted over…

  9. Humanitarian Intake in Japan – 2010 Figures

    According to the latest statistics released by the Japanese Ministry of Justice, in 2010 the total number of individuals who applied for refugee status was…

  10. Refugees in Japan – The Facts

    In 1981, Japan first acceded to the Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees in 1981.  On this date, over 30 years ago, Japan first…