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The Sasakawa Peace Foundation Presents a Symposium on Refugees
"The Possibility and Challenges of Japan Accepting Refugees"
-Implications from Sweden- (February 18, 2013)

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The Sasakawa Peace Foundation presents a symposium as part of a project named “Policy Framework for Refugee Acceptance and the Role of Japan”, featuring Oskar Ekblad of the Swedish Migration Board, a global thought leader on refugee policy, along with Kenneth Forssell from Ljusdals, a pioneer of refugee integration program in local communities.

Scandinavian countries, which do not have mass immigration, nevertheless have comprehensive policies for accepting refugees. What are the philosophy and strategies of Scandinavian countries and how do they promote the successful settlement in their local communities? In cooperation with experts on immigration policies and supporting self-reliance of refugees, the SPF has carried out a study in various Scandinavian countries on respective policies.

At the symposium, the two experts from Sweden will be joined by Naoko Obi from UNHCR representation in Japan; Miyuki Nakagawa, former Counsellor from the Cabinet Secretariat in charge of the Refugee Resettlement pilot program; Miho Yoshizaki who has been taking care of the first group of the Resettlement Refugees in Suzuka City, Mie Prefecture; as well as Professor Junichi Akashi from the University of Tsukuba, who carried out the study into Scandinavian policies.
Details of the event are as follows:
Dates & Time:
Monday, February 18, 2013, 15:30 to 18:30 (Registration opens at 15:00)
Venue:
2nd Floor Conference Room, Nippon Foundation Building
1-2-2, Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-8523
Program
Sasakawa Peace Foundation Presents a Symposium on Refugees
“The Possibility and Challenges of Japan Accepting Refugees”
-Implications from Sweden-
15:30 to 15:40Opening remarks:
Junko Chano, Executive Director of the Sasakawa Peace Foundation
15:40 to 15:55  Opening remarks from guests:
Naoko Obi, Vice-representative, UNHCR Representation in Japan
15:55 to 16:10 Speech by Miyuki Nakagawa
Prosecutor, Public Safety Department, Supreme Public Prosecutors Office, Former Counsellor, Cabinet Secretariat of Japan
“Japan Refugee Resettlement Program”
16:10 to 16:30 Speech by Oskar Ekblad
Deputy Director, Head of the Swedish Resettlement Program, Swedish Migration Board
“Sweden's Principles and Measures in Accepting Refugees”
16:30 to 16:50 Speech by Kenneth Forssell
Head of Integration Unit, Ljusdals, Sweden
“Experiences and Challenges in Ljusdals Commune”
16:50 to 17:30 Panel Discussion
Moderator: Kunihiko Kabe of the Meiji Gakuin University Center for Liberal Arts
Panelist:
Oskar Ekblad
Kenneth Forssell
Miyuki Nakagawa
Miho Yoshizaki (Director, Foreign Integration Assistance Office, Public Consultation Division, Suzuka City)
Junichi Akashi (Assistant professor, University of Tsukuba, International and Advanced Japanese Studies, Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences)
17:30 to 18:00Question and Answer Session
18:00Close
Language:
English/Japanese, with simultaneous interpretation
Notes
  • Admission:
    Admission is free. Registration is required.
    Please register by noon on Friday, February 15 through this website.
    *Seats will be allocated on a first come-first served basis.
    *Please note that personal information provided at the time of registration will be used to send announcements on seminars and events organized or supported by our foundation.
  • Contact:
    Ms. M. Kato, Ms. Okamoto
    Tel: 03-6229-5437 Fax: 03-6229-5473
The Sasakawa Peace Foundation Presents a Symposium on Refugees
"The Possibility and Challenges of Japan Accepting Refugees"
-Implications from Sweden- (February 18, 2013)

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