We offer settlement support program for Convention Refugees, their families and the resettled refugees such as Japanese language education course at RHQ Support Center in Tokyo.
Courses to be offered For Convention Refugees and their families ●Six-month course (the first term・the second term) : 5 days per week (Mon.-Fri. 9:30～15:50) ●One-year course : 5 days per week (Mon.-Fri. 18:30～20:55)
(The course schedule may vary due to changes in the curriculum.) For Resettled Refugees ●Six-month course : 6 days per week (Mon.-Fri. 9:30～15:50, Sat. 9:30～12:10)
A. Japanese Language Education Course
572 units (1 unit = 45 minutes)
Japanese language education focusing on basic communication skills such as reading, writing, listening and speaking is provided.
B. Guidance for Japanese Life
120 units (1 unit = 45 minutes)
Knowledge of social systems in Japan, such as social insurance system, taxation system, etc. is provided.
C. Vocational Counseling Service
Career Counseling and Employment Assistance are provided to those who look for a job by job counselors as the services provided by public employment offices.
We hold seminars and lectures which are related to refugee issues. The aim of these activities is to deepen the understanding of general public, to foster specialists and volunteers for refugee issues and to develop partnership with NGOs in the field of refugee assistance.
The Government of Japan decided to accept Indo-Chinese refugees for settlement in Japan in 1978. The Coordination Council for Indo-Chinese Refugees and Displaced Persons was set up at the Cabinet Secretariat to move ahead on measures and policies for promotion of settlement. In November 1979, the government entrusted the work of settlement to the Foundation for the Welfare and Education of the Asian People （FWEAP）, and the Refugee Assistance Headquarters (RHQ) was established under the Foundation. Japan has accepted more than 11,000 Indo-Chinese refugees. This project was ended in March 2006.
Japan acceded to the Convention relating to the Status of Refugees, and established a refugee recognition system in 1982. The Ministry of Justice examines each application for refugee status in the light of the Refugee Convention. （Convention Refugees） In August 2002, it was decided with cabinet approval to grant assistance for settlement to Convention refugees as well. It was also decided that the task for settlement of the Convention Refugees was to be entrusted to RHQ.
In December 2008, the Goverment of Japan decided by its cabinet approval to launch a resettlement pilot project. Based on the decision, Myanmar refugees from refugee camps in Thailand (18 families 86 persons) were accepted from 2010 to 2014.In January 2014, the Cabinet decided to accept Myanmar refugees from Malaysia after the five-year pilot program, and 6 families 19 persons were accepted as a third-country resettlement refugee in 2015. In 2016, 18 members of seven families, 29 members of 8 families in 2017, and 22 people from five families came to Japan to complete the settlement support program in 2018. In September 2019 , 20 people from six families came to Japan to implement a settlement support program. RHQ provided the Settlement Support Program to them.
The Convention※1 Relating to the Status of Refugees defines a refugee as “any person who…owing to well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion, is outside the country of his nationality and is unable or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to avail himself of the protection of that country; or who, not having a nationality and being outside the country of his former habitual residence as a result of such events, is unable or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to return to it.” As of December 31, 2015, there are approximately 65.3 million refugees including internally displaced persons and “persons of concern” to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)※2. In addition, many other people have been forced to evacuate their homes. Countries including Japan, under the leadership of UNHCR, have been carrying out international protections and support activities for them. ※1 The definition of the legal protections and the status of refgees is stipulated in the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees, and the 1967 Protocol Relating to the Status of Refugees. Japan acceded to both of them in 1981. ※2 According to the United Nations estimates, the world population in 2015 is 7.349 billion. It is calculated that one in every 113 persons in the world is a refugee.
〈Who are Indo-Chinese Refugees?〉
Indo-Chinese Refugees are people who fled abroad by boats (boat people) or to neighboring countries by land (land people) to avoid the political disturbance and internal wars from three Indo-Chinese countries; Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia after the end of the wars in 1975.Approximately 1.3 million Indo-Chinese refugees have resettled in countries such as the United States, Australia, Canada and Japan via refugee camps in the Asian regions or as boat people.
〈Who are Resettled Refugees?〉
Resettled refugees are people who resettle from the country of first asylum to a third country, which agrees to accept those refugees.
Indo-Chinese and Convention refugees who have status of residence, and are settled in Japan are eligible to attend school or to work. However, many encounter difficulties due to the unfamiliar environment or insufficient Japanese language abilities. We provide counseling services at the Head Office, the Kansai Branch, and the following desks to give advice for refugees on various problems such as housing, medical care, education or family unification to support settlement of refugees in Japan. The refugee counseling desks are available at Yokohama-shi and Atsugi-shi in Kanagawa, Yao-shi in Osaka, Himeji-shi in Hyogo, and Nagoya-shi in Aichi, where a number of refugees settled.
RHQ Head Office
Exit 4, Hiroo Station (H03), Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line
(toll-free counseling line for Refugees)
(toll-free counseling line for Asylum Seekers)
(for Asylum Seekers)
(for Convention Refugees)
(for Indo-Chinese Refugees)
Izumi Ward Office, Yokohama City
In front of Izumi Chu-o Station. Sotetsu Line
Ken-o Region Administration Center, Kanagawa
15 min. on foot from Hon-Atsugi Station, Odakyu Line
HYOGO・ OSAKA・ AICHI
RHQ Kansai Branch
In front of JR Kobe Station, 11F, JR Kobe Eki NK Bldg.
(toll-free counseling line)
Osaka Yao City Office
2nd & 4th Wed. 10:00-16:00
5 min. on foot from Kintetsu Yao Station
(toll-free counseling line)
※same as RHQ counseling line for Refugees
Hyogo Prefecture Himeji City Office
2nd & 4th Tue. 10:00-16:00
By bus from JR Himeji St, get off at Shiyakusho-Mae
Nagoya International Center
Thu. 10:00-12:00 13:00-16:00 (ByAppointment Only)
7 min. on foot from JR Nagoya Station
(toll-free couceling line)
Note: Counseling Desks are closed on national holidays and New Year holidays（Dec.29-Jan.3）.
The counseling service for Indo-Chinese Refugees, Convention Refugees and their family members.
Examples of the issues for consultation
I want to know about administrative procedures and their system.
How can I rent a room?
I want to obtain information on child caring and education.
How can I receive scholarship?
How can I access to the hospital with smaller medical expense?
What is Kaigo-hoken (Nursing care insurance)?
I am involved in domestic violence or serious crime…
Where can I get legal aid services?
I need translation and interpretation service.
Japanese language education
What kind of study books are appropriate for my Japanese self-studying?
How can I find a volunteer Japanese language class?
How can I prepare for the Japanese language proficiency test?
When your company bankrupts or when you are dismissed.
How should I find another job?
How can I have employment insurance?
What is workers’ compensation insurance?
How can I participate a vocational training course?
I want to know about the license for specific job area.
We provide refugee applicants with financial assistance for living expenses, rent of accommodation, and/or medical expenses. These supports are provided for the applicants who are recognized as facing financial difficulties based on an investigation by RHQ. We also operate ESFRA (Emergency Shelter for Refugee Applicants). Advice for a daily life is offered as well.
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