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On July 31, “New ‘boat people’ in Asia”
- Report from hosting community in Aceh -
(Friday, July 31, 2015)


Muslim minority fleeing from ethnic and religious conflicts in Myanmar and impoverished Bangladeshi are adrift in Andaman Sea. International organizations estimate around 6,000 to 8,000 ethnic Rohingyas have been on boats adrift in the sea. Some countries promised to commit financial assistance for the issue at the special meeting on irregular migration held in Bangkok on May 29th, 2015, and the Japanese government promised the support of $25 million in early July. Moreover, the Malaysian and Indonesian governments agreed to accept “boat people,” although the number is limited over fears of huge influx of irregular migrants. The ultimate solution for this humanitarian crisis is yet long way to go.

At our upcoming seminar, experts on refugee and migrant issues will exchange views based on their knowledge and on-site experiences, and consider how Japan could contribute to the crisis. We welcome your attendance. The details of the event are as follows:
On July 31, “New ‘boat people’ in Asia”
- Report from hosting community in Aceh -
Dates & Time
Friday, 31st July 13:30-15:00

2nd Floor Conference Room
The Nippon Zaidan Building 1-2-2 Akasaka, Minato-ku Tokyo 107-8404, Japan(MAP
2nd Floor Conference Room
*SPF has two office buildings. This seminar is going to be at the venue of the Nippon Foundation Building.

The Sasakawa Peace Foundation

"New ‘boat people’ in Asia: Report from hosting community in Aceh"


Opening Remarks: Ms. Junko Chano, Executive Director, The Sasakawa Peace Foundation


Greetings: Mr. Ichiro Aisawa, Member of the House of Representative, President of United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Parliament League


Presentation 1 : Ms. Naomi Kawahara, Senior External Relations Officer, UNHCR Representation in Japan


Presentation 2 : Ms. Naoko Hashimoto, Program Manager, International Organization for Migration Tokyo


Presentation 3 : Mr. Mustiqal Syahputra, Director, Banda Aceh Legal Aid Foundation


Comment : Mr.Shin Nimura, Deputy Chief Commentator, Japan Broadcasting Corporation (NHK)

14:35-15:00 Q&A
15:00 Adjourn
Simultaneous interpretation of both English and Japanese
Admission is free. Registration is required.
Should you wish to participate, please register by 5 p.m. on Thursday, July 30.  
* Seating is limited and will be allocated on a first come-first served basis.
* Parking spaces are limited. Should you wish to bring a vehicle to the venue, please notify us in advance.


Ms. Mori and Ms. Kato
International Program Team
The Sasakawa Peace Foundation

Tel: 03-6229-5483