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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:


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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Japan website

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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