Wow. Apparently the US accepted about 20,000 refugees in FY2018, which is actually a big drop from previous years (50,000 in 2017 and 84,000 in 2016 for example).
30 refugees per year is like nothing. 60 is still nothing. A thousandth of what the US accepts each year.
For extra hilarity the article mentions:
As for the settlement locations, the government decided in May last year to encourage refugees to live in rural areas that are facing a decline in population.
Yeah, sure like an extra 30 or 60 people per year is going to make a difference for rural areas with declining populations. Japan had a net population decline of almost 400,000 last year. And that number will increase for the foreseeable future until some sort of new equilibrium is reached many decades from now probably, if at all.
The move comes as the government plans to accept more foreign workers by setting up a new residence status for those working in sectors deemed to be short of labor, such as nursing and construction, as the country struggles with a rapidly graying population and low birth rate.
On Monday, the ruling Liberal Democratic Party’s Judicial Affairs Division kicked off discussions on a draft government bill to amend the Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act, the main pillar of which is the introduction of the new residence status.
But some members of the LDP division expressed caution over the new status, pointing to a possible deterioration in public safety resulting from an increase in the number of foreigners in the country.
Shigeharu Aoyama, an Upper House member, said he absolutely opposes the law revision, stressing that the employment of Japanese people should be increased first to solve the nation’s labor shortages.
That too is hilarious. The unemployment rate is 2.4% and there's 160 job openings for every 100 unemployed people. Anyone capable of working who wants a job can find something. More people want to hire than want to be hired.
A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool.