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World Refugee Day 2007 National Activities: Japan

World Refugee Day 2007 National Activities: Japan

20 June 2007

Food distribution in Ethiopia's Hartisheik camp, which hosted more than 250,000 Somali refugees in the late 1980s.

A refugee film festival was launched on 18 June with sponsorship from Canon and Sony.

More than 400 people attended a WRD symposium in Tokyo on "Co-existence, Humanitarian Assistance and Corporate Social Responsibility."

The refugee agency's Japan office held a big commemorative event in downtown UN House. Activities included panel discussions, a photo exhibition about displaced Colombians, rap music by a Vietnamese refugee, an internet connection with a camp in Kenya, eastern cuisine prepared by refugees and a cooking class using fuel efficient stoves.

On 24 June, a WRD Refugee Futsal tournament matches was held in Tokyo. UNHCR Japan was a sponsor and also sent a team to compete against sides representing various refugee communities in Japan. Also on 24 June, J-FUN Charity activities linked to WRD were organized at Tokyo Ajinomoto Stadium during a professional soccer game.