Japan's warm treatment for Ukrainians stirs debate over cold shoulder to other refugees

Ukrainians arriving at Tokyo's Haneda Airport on April 5, 2022. PHOTO: AFP
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TOKYO - Japan has, in a departure from its usual attitude of giving refugees the cold shoulder, rolled out the red carpet and welcomed Ukrainians fleeing war at home with open arms.

Data from the Immigration Services Agency (ISA) show that 661 Ukrainian evacuees - who are not labelled refugees - had entered Japan as at last Sunday (April 17) since Russia invaded on Feb 24.

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