Main support of the RHQ
Living Guide in Japan
Established in 1979, the Refugee Assistance Headquarters (RHQ), under commission from the government, has been undertaking projects to support the settlement of Indo-Chinese refugees in Japan. The number of persons from the three Indo-Chinese countries who have settled in Japan exceeds 11,000.
In August 2002 the Japanese government decided to assist the settlement of persons who were recognized as refugees by the Minister of Justice on the basis of the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees ("convention refugees"). The RHQ also provides convention refugees and their family members with support in learning the Japanese language and finding employment.
It is my sincere hope that people who settle in Japan as convention refugees adapt to Japanese society and become active in many fields. At the same time, though, until their lives do become stable, there is a possibility that such people will find it hard to understand various Japanese customs and events and will have to cope with various difficulties.
Therefore, we have compiled this handbook of basic information required for living in Japan. Please use it to understand the various systems and rules of Japan, obtain more detailed information, and enjoy your life in this country. Also, please do not hesitate to make further inquiries to the RHQ's advisory section and refugee consultants. I hope that you will be able to achieve independence and stable lives as soon as possible.
If you have any comments about this handbook, please feel free to address them to the RHQ.
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