Japanese people study abroad but not become a refugee.

Shuichi Kato



There used to be people who exiled themselves from the continent, the Korean Peninsula, and Europe to Japan. However, few people defected from Japan (even if they flee?), and we need to ask why, says the critic. As with the Jews at the hands of the Nazis, depending on their circumstances, some people can be refugees. Their lives after exile are also different. He says that we need to consider the reason too. From the anthology “Praising words, mourning words” (edited by Tsutomu Washizu).


"October 17  2019

from “Oriori no Kotoba” by Kiyokazu Washida, The Asahi Shimbun"