The Ministry of Justice has been involved in a system that allows people fleeing conflicts to be protected in the same way as refugees, and a system that listens to the feelings of crime victims and their families and conveys them to the perpetrators will begin on December 12. In both cases, the challenge is whether we can provide support that is close to the target person.
The system that allows refugees to be protected in the same way as refugees is to grant the status of residence of "long-term residents" to people who have fled conflicts in the same way as refugees under the Refugee Convention, with Ukraine in mind.
If you wish, you can receive guidance to learn the information necessary for Japanese education and daily life, and you will also receive a support money.
The Immigration Services Agency of Japan has stated that it will "steadily operate the system and work to ensure that those who are certified receive appropriate support."
The other system is to set up new "victim officers" in prisons and juvenile detention centers nationwide to listen to the feelings of victims of crimes and their families and convey them to the perpetrators.
The aim is to help victims and their families recover from crime damage, and to encourage perpetrators to reflect on their crimes, leading to rehabilitation and prevention of recidivism.
According to the Ministry of Justice, "The new system has social significance, and we will listen sincerely to the voices of the victims and work in good faith."
Both systems start on the 1st, but the challenge is whether we can provide support that is close to the target person.