Japan welcomes Burmese refugees
9/28/2010 Japan, Burma (BBC News) – Eighteen Burmese refugees have arrived in Japan from Thailand, marking a new turn in Japan's asylum policy.
It follows Japan's agreement to accept about 90 Burmese under a third country resettlement plan promoted by the UN.
The three ethnic minority Karen families have been living for 10 years in a camp in north-western Thailand after fleeing persecution in Burma.
Japan has been criticised in the past for allowing in far fewer refugees than other wealthy nations.