Kurds in Japan
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Kurds in Japan
Kurds in Japan
Kurdên Japonyayê
(Zainichi Kurudo-jin)
Total population
Regions with significant populations
Southern Saitama (Warabi, Kawaguchi)
Japanese, Kurdish, Turkish, Arabic, Persian

Kurds in Japan (Japanese: , Zainichi Kurudo-jin, Kurdish: Kurdên Japonyayê) refers to Kurds residing in Japan.

Legal status

Most Kurds in Japan are from shepherding villages in Southeast Turkey and reside in the Warabi and Kawaguchi areas of Saitama Prefecture, north of Tokyo. Warabi, especially, has been nicknamed "Warabistan"[2][3] by those who are interested in Kurdish people, culture and issues.

Some Kurdish people arrived in Japan in order to request refugee status; citing human rights abuses in Turkey and Iraq. Nonetheless, so far none have been successful in their application due to Japan's asylum system.[4][5] While many obtain visas through marriage with a Japanese citizen, most have obtained "Special Permission to Stay" ( Zairy? Tokubetsu Kyoka) visas, which must be renewed every three months while their refugee application or appeal is being reviewed. A documentary directed by Masaru Nomoto ( ?) entitled Backdrop Kurdistan () documented the legal struggles of one Kurdish family (Kazank?ran family: Japanese: , Kazankiran)[6] from Kahramanmara? Province.

In 2015, a clash took place outside the Turkish embassy in Tokyo between Kurds and Turks in Japan during early voting for the Turkish general election. Japanese and Kurdish sources claimed the clash began when the Turks assaulted the Kurds after a Kurdish party flag was shown at the embassy.[7][8]

See also


  1. ^ " - Yahoo!?".
  2. ^ Chie Matsumoto, "Kurds live lives interrupted" Archived 2011-08-07 at the Wayback Machine, Kurdish Media, original: Asahi Shimbun, April 30
  3. ^ ~? (Warabistan - Nihon no Kurudo-jin), Asahi Shimbun, December 15, 2005. (in Japanese)
  4. ^ "Economist". Retrieved 2016.
  5. ^ Tsumura, Tadashi (3 September 2015). "Japan's Kurds often in limbo, despite significant community" – via Japan Times Online.
  6. ^ Backdrop Kurdistan, goo Eiga. (in Japanese)
  7. ^ "Turks and Kurds clash in Japan over Turkey elections". www.aljazeera.com.
  8. ^ "Article expired". The Japan Times. 10 May 2013.

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