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Lectures on the "Refugee Policy in Japan"


Below, please find the schedule for the “Refugee Policy in Japan” lectures. The speakers will be Mr. Azuma Konno and Mr. Tin Win. Mr. Konno is a member of the Democratic Party of Japan, and has held a position in the House of Councilors for many years during which time he actively worked on refugee issues. Mr. Tin Win, originally from Myanmar, was recognized as a convention refugee by the government of Japan in 1999.

Please join us for the informative lectures.
(Contact information below)


Date: April 17, 2010 (Sat) 13:00-16:15
Location: Waseda University Graduate School of Asia Pacific Studies
(Waseda University, Building 19)
※ We have tentatively reserved classroom 711. On the day of the event a
guide will be posted in Building 19 (Nishi-Waseda Building).


13:00 to 13:05
Opening Remarks
Professor Yasushi Katsuma , Graduate School of Asia Pacific Studies, Waseda University
13:05 to 14:35
Mr. Azuma Konno, member of the House of Councilors
Lecture theme "A Refugee Who Cannot Become a Refugee"
Language: Japanese (tentative English guide)
※ After the lecture there will be about 45 minutes for questions and
14:50 to 16:00
Lecturer Mr. Tin Win
Lecture theme " Japan's Refugee Policy from the Viewpoint of a Convention Refugee in Japan "
Language: English
※ After the lecture there will be about 45 minutes for questions and answers
16:00 to 16:15
Discussant remarks and greetings
Professor Glenda Roberts, Graduate School of Asia Pacific Studies, Waseda University

Cost to attend: Free

To register, please access the following website
The number of seats available is limited to 100.
For further information please contact: Yukiko Abe

Venue access: 〒 169-0051 Nishi-Waseda Bldg 1-21-1 Nishi-Waseda,
Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Tel: 03-5286-3877

Waseda University Global COE Program, Global Institute for Asian Regional Integration,
" Human Rights Governance in Asia "
Waseda University Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies " Development & Human
Rights" Research Group and the Tokyo University, Center for Documentation of Refugees and Migrants

Lecturer Profiles

Mr. Konno Azuma
Born in 1947, Mr. Azuma Konno graduated from Meiji Gakuin University and became active as a freelance television and radio announcer. In 2000, he was elected to the House of Representatives (District 1 Miyagi), he also served as the first Deputy Chairman of the Democratic Party Policy Research Council, and as the DPJ Next Cabinet Deputy Minister of Human Rights. Currently, he is the Deputy Secretary General of the Democratic Party, a
member of the Upper House Judicial Committee, a member of the Study Team on Human Rights Issues of Foreigners and Refugees, and the Chairman of the Fund for Refugees. He is also known as a master of Rakugo using the Tohoku dialect.

Tin Win
Born in 1954, Mr. Tin Win graduated from Rangoon University of Economics. He participated and was arrested during the democratic movement in Burma and consequently fled his former country in 1996 feeling that his life was danger. In 1999 he received refugee status from the Japanese government. He lives in Ota City, Gunma Prefecture, with his wife and younger daughter. Both his older daughter and son earned scholarships and are enrolled at universities in Japan. He is also the Japan chairman of Burma's civil unions.

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