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Seeking asylum in Japan 'like being in prison'

Last year 7,500 people applied for refugee status in Japan but only 27 were approved.

In Germany and Canada around 40% of asylum applications are approved, in Britain more than 30 per cent. But in Japan the number is 0.2 per cent.

The process of seeking asylum in Japan is gruelling and for most people futile. Our Tokyo correspondent Rupert Wingfield Hayes has been trying to find out why.

  • 08 Jun 2016
  • From the section Asia