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Friday, March 02, 2018, 15:00 - 16:00


Hatije Toma, a Kurdish Asylum Seeker

Takeshi Ohashi, Lawyer & Masanori Kashiwazaki, SYI membe


Language: The speech and Q & A will be in English & Japanese with English interpretation


Japan has gained a notorious international reputation for its unwillingness to grant refugee status to any but a handful of applicants, far fewer than is the case in other advanced nations. This is true in spite of the fact that Japan is a signatory of the Refugee Convention and the International Bill of Human Rights.

Our speakers will highlight cases of refugee families being separated by Japan's heavy-handed immigration policies, in particular the case of Kurdish refugees from Turkey.

Hatije Toma is a Kurdish Asylum Seeker from Turkey who entered Japan in 2001, but has not yet been granted refugee status, and whose daughter Mehriban Dursun was recently detained eleven months after her marriage.

Masanori Kashiwazaki, is a member of Immigration Detainees Friends (SYI), a civil association in Tokyo, and an assistant lecturer at Tokyo University of Foreign Studies.

Takeshi Ohashi is a lawyer working on asylum cases.

Come to the FCCJ to hear the latest developments regarding Japan's harsh refugee recognition system.


Please reserve in advance, 3211-3161 or on the website (still & TV cameras inclusive). Reservations and cancellations are not complete without confirmation.

Professional Activities Committee

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Kashiwazaki                                              Toma                                                Ohashi


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