Japan not taking in refugees; says it must look after its citizens first

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On Tuesday, the Japanese Prime Minister said that Japan needs to focus on the challenges facing their own country before welcoming refugees. 

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced at the U.N. General Assembly that Japan is ramping up assistance in response to the exodus of refugees to Europe from the Middle East and Africa. He announced that he will be providing $1.5 billion in emergency aid for refugees and for the stabilization of communities facing crises.

However speaking to reporters later Tuesday he poured cold water on the idea of Japan opening its doors to those fleeing.

"I would say that before accepting immigrants or refugees we need to have more activities by women, by elderly people and we must raise (the) birth rate. There are many things that we should do before accepting immigrants"

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe proposed a revamped economic policy to boost GDP levels to a post-war record level, while bolstering the social security system to support families.

"As an issue of demography, I would say that before accepting immigrants or refugees we need to have more activities by women, by elderly people and we must raise (the) birth rate. There are many things that we should do before accepting immigrants," Abe told a news conference, according to the official translation of his comments.

He added that Japan would "discharge our own responsibility" in addressing the refugee crisis, which he described as helping to improve conditions that cause the exodus.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has been very financially supportive towards refugees but hasn't offered many resettlement places for them.

According to Ministry of Justice data, it accepted just 11 asylum seekers out of a record 5,000 applications last year, although Japanese officials say most of the asylum applicants were from other Asian countries and were already living in Japan.

Some argue that increased immigration could help arrest a shrinking population, which is currently 126 million. Abe says he is determined to ensure that in 50 years the Japanese population has stabilized at 100 million.

Source: Fox News

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