Japan considers Rohingya resettlement
Japanese Ambassador in Dhaka Ito Naoki has said his country was considering resettlement of some Rohinyas to Japan as Bangladesh tries to ease its load of over a million of refugees who fled their homes in Myanmar to evade persecution.
"Japan has received the request about third country resettlement [of Rohingyas] from your [Bangladesh] government. UNHCR here is also advising us to consider the possibility [to take Rohingyas to Japan]," the outgoing envoy told BSS, ahead of leaving Dhaka ending his tenure.
Ito, however, said approximately 300 Rohingyas were already living in a city 100 kilometer north of Tokyo but in line with a general policy, Japan was a bit cautious about foreign refugees, though there were precedence when his country provided such refuge.
"So, there is a base of [Rohingya] community there [in Japan], but at the moment we are yet to come to any conclusion," said the ambassador, who left Dhaka last night.