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Japan Offers Ukrainian Evacuees Work Permits Upon Arrival

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The government of Japan announced it will allow Ukrainian refugees displaced by Russia’s invasion to work after they are accepted into the country, the justice minister said Tuesday.

Upon entering Japan, refugees who are granted short-term residency for 90 days will be allowed to extend their visas to “designated activities” for one year.

Justice Minister Yoshihisa Furukawa told Japan News agencies that the change will provide them with residency and the legal right to work.

The visa status will be handled in a flexible manner, taking into account the situation facing the evacuees,” Furukawa said during a press conference.

Sergiy Korsunsky, the Ukrainian ambassador, and others have called on Japan to allow the evacuees to work.

According to Japan News, Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno, the government is “urgently considering” measures to assist the evacuees, including arranging for accommodations, providing daily necessities, and helping them find jobs and study in Japan.

According to Matsuno, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida ordered Furukawa and other ministers to prepare measures to assist evacuees fleeing Ukraine. According to Matsuno, the government will cooperate with firms and local governments that have announced they will accept evacuees and study measures based on the requests of people who want to evacuate to Japan.

Ukrainians Arrive in Japan

In response to Kishida’s announcement on March 2 that Tokyo would open the door to Ukrainian evacuees, the Immigration Services Agency of Japan announced that some Ukrainians had been accepted as of Sunday.

A short-term visa has been granted to each of the applicants as of 8 am Japan time Tuesday. They will be able to register as residents of the country with the extension of their visa status.

Ukraine refugees will also be able to change their status later when entering Japan and be granted short-term residency when they arrive.

Earlier this month, Kishida said that the government would first allow in people who fled Ukraine and have relatives or acquaintances in Japan, but that the door would also be opened to those who do not, because of the severe humanitarian crisis.

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