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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.

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