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In United Nations, Japan donates more fund than other countries do after USA. A huge partof this fund is being spent for refugees to ensure their proper health & proper sanitationmechanism. WHO (World Health Organization) is committed to mobilize it’s knowledge ;expertise in support of Japan ongoing efforts to address health issues from 2011. No one canfind fault with Japan's financial generosity in support of refugees, but Japan has never beenfamous for it's acceptance of foreigners. So, this is an affecting issue for my country Japan.Despite being one of the most generous government donors to the UNHCR (United NationsHigh Commissioner for Refugees) – Japan was ranked the fourth biggest contributor in 2016after the US, the EU, and Germany – it was long been closed to immigration and reluctant toaccept refugees. Because Japan believes, it must improve the living standards of it's ownpeople before it can consider accepting refugees.”Japan has a very, very strict refugee policy,” said Eri Ishikawa, chair of the JapanAssociation for Refugees. “They really prioritise immigration control rather than refugeeprotection.”;It is an issue of demography,” Shinzo Abe told reporters after his speech to the UN generalassembly. “I would say that before accepting immigrants or refugees, we need to have moreactivities by women, elderly people and we must raise our birth rate. There are many thingsthat we should do before accepting immigrants.”"Japan has kept a mindset of closing doors to foreigners as it is an island nation that untilrecently had ample population," Hidenori Sakanaka, a former Justice Ministry official whoheads a pro-immigration think tank, told AFP.Japan accepted just 28 refugees in 2016 — one more than the 27 it took in 2015 — as itsultra-strict approach to asylum becomes a model for nations increasingly reluctant to take inpeople fleeing war or persecution. Japan, however, has pointed to its record on providing aidto refugees: last year, it contributed $181.6m to the UN refugee agency. However, generousfinancial action has not translated to a welcome for refugees. Japan is aware of the refugeecrisis swamping Europe, with the UNHCR expecting at least 850,000 people to be displacedby the Syrian civil war this year. In response, Yasuhisa Kawamura, spokesperson for theJapanese foreign ministry, said in a statement: “Japan, in collaboration with the internationalcommunity including the United Nations, will consider what it can contribute in response …”It appears that Japan stands ready to dole out more cash – but not ready to accept morerefugees. Japan says it must look after its own before allowing in Syrian refugees.Refugee issues were discussed as one of the principal themes at the G7 Ise-ShimaSummit held this May where Japan's Prime Minister was in charge of chairman. To addressrefugee issues, it is important that countries and organizations implement mutuallycomplementary measures that take advantage of each respective party’s relative strengths.Japan will take concrete actions, capitalizing on its relative strengths. Japan commits toprovide an assistance package of about 2.8 billion US dollars between 2016 and 2018 ashumanitarian and self-reliance assistance to refugees and migrants, and assistance to hostcountries and communities.When looking for solutions to the global refugee crisis, Japan is often identified as a countrythat could do more. It contributes generously to the United Nations refugee agency but doesvery little in terms of recognizing asylum seekers in Japan or in resettling refugees stranded,often in terrible conditions. The current government, like its predecessors, repeats the stancethat Japan is not an “immigration country.” But that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be a countryof asylum, as it has ratified the United Nations Refugee Convention.