Japan Pro Bono Directory

Click here to see the numbers and origins of refugees hosted by Japan.

For Japan country of information (COI) experts, reports, commentaries and relevant documents, please click here.

As UNHCR statistics generally rely on data from host countries, statistics on refugees alone can give an insufficient account of refugee numbers, as some host countries will not grant refugee status to certain groups. Including statistics for individuals in refugee-like situations is an attempt to account for unrecognised refugees and does not include internally displaced persons. Statistics for stateless refugees are included if available.

Burma’s Refugees Serving Association (BRSA)

4F Little Komagome 3-2-7 Komagome, Toshima-Ward, Tokyo 170-0003
Email: ho-okawalawoffice@nifty.com
Contact Person: Mr Hidefumi Okawa, Attorney at Law

Established in March 2008, BRSA is devoted to the welfare of asylum seekers from Burma. Our mission is to advocate for all seekers staying in Japan.

BRSA prepares deposits and guarantors in order to secure the provisional release of detainees from detention centres. After release, they provide information to asylum seekers from Burma. Every day, they go to meet detainees in detention centres.

Forum for Refugees Japan (FRJ)

1-52-11, Yamato-cho, Nakano-ku, Tokyo 165-0034
Tel: +81 36 38 30 688
Fax:  +81 36 38 30 699
Email: info@frj.or.jp

Forum for Refugees Japan (FRJ) is a network of NGOs and faith-based organizations supporting refugees/asylum seekers in Japan. Through its members, FRJ provides consistent services including legal advice and social services to those in need of help. FRJ advocates for the right of refugees through the dialogue with the government and other stakeholders. UNHCR Japan office is a special member of FRJ and they work together in co-operation. FRJ is a member of Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network (APRRN) and International Detention Coalition (IDC).

Japan Association for Refugees (JAR)

Daisan Shikakura Bldg., 6F, 1-7-10 Yotsuya, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-0004, Japan
Tel: 03 53 79 60 01
Toll-free number for refugees/asylum seekers: 01 20 47 74 72
Fax: 03 53 79 60 02

Contact(s):  Brian Barbour, Eri Ishikawa
Email: barbour@refugee.or.jp, ishikawa@refugee.or.jp 
Opening Hours: Monday-Friday 10:00-17:00

The Japan Association for Refugees (“JAR”) provides information to refugees and asylum-seekers on refugee status determination procedures and other information for living in Japan. JAR provides legal and social assistance, advocates for the rights of refugees and asylum-seekers, advances policy analysis and information-exchange on refugee protection and related issues to build a more active and effictive network with concerned parties and Non-Governmental Organisations domestically, regionally, and internationally. Information for asylum-seekers is provided on our website in several different languages. JAR is an implementing partner of UNHCR, and is a member of the Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network (APRRN); Asia Refugee Legal Aid Network (ARLAN); and Southern Refugee Legal Aid Network (SRLAN).

Japan Lawyers’ Network for Refugees (JLNR)

www.jlnr.org (Japanese)
Tel: 81 35 31 24 826
Fax: 81 35 31 24 543
Email: jlnr@izumibashi-law.net

Stateless Network

121-7 Ocean Totsuka-cho Bldg.3F, Totsuka-cho, Totsuka-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa 244-0003
Fax: +81 (0)4 58 69 07 18
Contact: officer@stateless-network.com

The Stateless Network is a non-profit organisation that offers support to stateless people seeking assistance and advocacy. It also organises educational and outreach opportunities including workshops and forums to promote social awareness about statelessness.