The Daily Manila Shimbun


A 47 year-old Myanmar refugee in Tokyo

May 4, 2017

47-year-old Myanmar refugee, Nonnon works as a nail artist in Tokyo City.

Anti-refugee sentiment is rising in Europe and the United States but in Japan those seeking haven from tyranny and war have long faced daunting legal and social gauntlets.

One of the world's wealthiest countries, Japan accepted just 28 refugees in 2016 -- one more than the previous year -- out of the 8,193 applications reviewed by the Immigration Bureau. AFP PHOTO / Toshifumi KITAMURA/ Jiji Press