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Japan accepted just three refugees in the first half of 2017 despite receiving a record 8,561 fresh asylum applications, the government said on Tuesday, highlighting the nation’s reluctance to accept foreigners. Only four refugees were accepted in the first half of 2016, when fresh asylum applications totaled 5,011, the Justice Ministry said. The Human Rights Watch in January described Japan’s record on asylum seekers as “abysmal”.

Unlike other industrialized nations, which have...

Nearly a third of foreigners living in Japan say they have experienced derogatory remarks because of their background, while about 40% have suffered housing discrimination, according to a landmark survey.

Japan’s justice ministry sent questions to thousands of foreign residents to gain an unprecedented glimpse into their experiences of racism in a country that has experienced a surge in overseas visitors.

The results come as the country prepares for the global spotlight of...

Despite a worldwide refugee crisis, and pressure from opposition politicians and human rights groups, Japan remains one of the most unwelcoming countries for refugees – only 28 were given asylum in 2016, after 27 in 2015, the latest statistics reveal.
The figure was obtained by Reuters from a government document scheduled for release Friday. In total, there were 10,901 asylum applications, an increase of 44 percent on 2015, and nearly 10 times as many as in 2010.

Among those...

A former employee of a center for the disabled in a Tokyo suburb broke into the building and killed 19 people with a knife in July.

The police in Kanagawa Prefecture have declined to release the identities of the victims, citing the families’ desire for privacy, in a decision that is increasingly drawing criticism around Japan.

Advocates for disabled people say withholding the names is consistent with a culture that considers them lesser beings. Keeping the victims hidden, even...

Satoshi Uematsu, the 26-year-old man who killed 19 disabled people in a care facility for the disabled near Tokyo on Tuesday, expressed admiration for Nazi ideology during a stint in a psychiatric hospital in February. According to an official in Sagamihara, Kanagawa Prefecture, Uematsu discussed his attraction to the Nazi ideology of eugenics, which sees disabled people as those who should not exist. "Hitler’s philosophy dawned on me two weeks ago," the killer said on February 20. He also...