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Japan: Reports of discrimination against non-Japanese women married to Japanese men, and/or against their mixed-heritage children, and redress available

Publisher Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada
Author Research Directorate, Immigration and Refugee Board, Canada
Publication Date 27 January 2003
Citation / Document Symbol JPN40047.E
Reference 2
Cite as Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, Japan: Reports of discrimination against non-Japanese women married to Japanese men, and/or against their mixed-heritage children, and redress available, 27 January 2003, JPN40047.E, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/3f7d4db72a.html [accessed 29 August 2014]
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Country Reports 2001, available electronically and at Regional Documentation Centres, contains a detailed discussion on the situation of, and discrimination against, foreigners in Japan (see "Japan," Section 5.d).

Further to this, please find attached some news articles that report on the situation of foreigners in Japan, as well as foreign women who marry Japanese men and live in Japan, including a discussion of cultural and family problems that can arise in the union. Also attached is a review of the book Looking Beyond the Mask: When American Women Marry Japanese Men, which also discusses some of the key issues that the book deals with (Japan Times 6 Jan. 2002). A copy of the book reviewed could not be obtained by the Research Directorate within the constraints of this Response.

For additional information on the situation of foreigners in Japan, particularly on residence and citizenship rights, please refer to JPN40061.E and ZZZ40060.E of 27 January 2003.

This Response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the Research Directorate within time constraints. This Response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim to refugee status or asylum.

Attachments

The Japan Times [Tokyo]. 6 September 2002. Tracy Okuma. "The Cultural Compromise Tango." [Accessed 24 Jan. 2003]

_____. 2 August 2002. Tracy Okuma. "Marrying Your Sweetheart and Moving in With His Mom." [Accessed 24 Jan. 2003]

_____. 8 January 2002. Takuya Asakura. "Fixed International Marriages Often Disappoint." [Accessed 24 Jan. 2003]

_____. 6 January 2002. Margaret Stawowy. "The Challenges and Rewards of Bicultural Marriage." [Accessed 24 Jan. 2003]

_____. 4 June 1999. Akemi Nakamura. "Foreign Women Who Leave Husbands Have Few Options." [Accessed 24 Jan. 2003]

_____. 3 June 1999. Akemi Nakamura. "Immigrants: Foreign Laborers Attempt to Organize." [Accessed 24 Jan. 2003]

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