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Japan hosts around 25,800 persons of concern to UNHCR, including nearly 1,400 refugees and humanitarian status holders.

Japan is a State party to the 1951 Refugee Convention. In 2021, the country was the 4th largest government donor (USD 140 Million), and the 3rd largest global private-sector contributor (USD 61 Million) to UNHCR responding to needs worldwide.

UNHCR provides policy and technical support to the government of Japan on forced displacement and statelessness to further strengthen asylum institutions, improve conditions for refugee integration while advocating for Japan’s accession to the 1954 and 1961 Statelessness Conventions.

UNHCR Japan continues to build strong partnerships with the national government, parliamentarians, civil society, academia, media, corporate sector and municipalities to promote awareness of refugee issues and statelessness and gain public support for UNHCR’s activities worldwide and within Japan.

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For information about our work in Japan:

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Are you a refugee or asylum-seeker in Japan? Find information about your rights and available services on our HELP site.

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Visit the UNHCR Japan website for more information on our work in the area and the latest local news and stories.

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Legislation and guidance

For legislation, case law and UNHCR policy relating to claims for international protection, visit Refworld.

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Office contact details

The UNHCR Representation in Japan

Street and mailing address:
Wesley Center 6-10-11, Minami Aoyama, Minato-ku, 107-0062 Tokyo, Japan

Phone:
+81 33 499 2011

Fax:
+81 33 499 2272

Email:
[email protected]

Time zone:
GMT +9

Working hours

  • Monday: 9:30 - 17:30
  • Tuesday: 9:30 - 17:30
  • Wednesday: 9:30 - 17:30
  • Thursday: 9:30 - 17:30
  • Friday: 9:30 - 17:30
  • Saturday: closed
  • Sunday: closed

Public holidays

  • 2 January 2023, New Year’s Day
  • 23 February 2023, National Foundation Day
  • 24 April 2023, Eid-al-Fitr
  • 4 May 2023, Greenery Day
  • 5 May 2023, Children’s Day
  • 29 June 2023, Eid-al-Adha
  • 11 August 2023, Mountain Day
  • 18 September 2023, Respect for the Aged Day
  • 9 October 2023, Sports Day
  • 23 November 2023, Labour Thanksgiving Day

Office contact details

The UNHCR Representation in Japan

Street Address:
Wesley Center 6-10-11, Minami Aoyama, Minato-ku, 107-0062 Tokyo, Japan
Mailing Address:
Wesley Center, 6-10-11, Minami Aoyama, Minato-ku, 107-0062 Tokyo, Japan
Telephone:
Facsimile:
81 33 499 2272
Time Zone:
GMT + 9
Working Hours
Monday: 9:30 - 17:30
Tuesday: 9:30 - 17:30
Wednesday: 9:30 - 17:30
Thursday: 9:30 - 17:30
Friday: 9:30 - 17:30
Saturday: closed
Sunday: closed
Public Holidays:
03 January 2022, New Year¿s Day
11 February 2022, National Foundation Day
03 May 2022, Eid-al-Fitr/Constitution Memor
04 May 2022, Greenery Day
11 July 2022, Eid-al-Adha
11 August 2022, Mountain Day
19 September 2022, Respect for the Aged Day
10 October 2022, Sports Day
23 November 2022, Labour Thanksgiving Day
30 December 2022, New Year¿s Eve