Have two out of only 27 Muslim refugees in Japan been arrested for sexual assault?

Example claim: Japan Accepts 27 Muslim Refugees, Immediately Gets Taste Of Islamic Gratitude and plenty of people have been blogging or tweeting the same thing

According to the Al Jazeera, Japan rejected 99 percent of refugees in 2015, but caved in to pressure and recently accepted 27 Muslim asylum seekers. Out of over 7,500 applications, they approved only a few. However, their rigorous screening, which puts the West’s speedy methods to shame, still wasn’t enough to protect their citizens.

The Tokyo Reporter confirms that 2 of only 27 Muslim refugees living in Japan have already [been arrested for gang rape and theft]


To put this percentage into perspective, Germany accepted around 1 million refugees in 2015. That means that, at a rate of 7.4 percent, 74,000 would ...

As leftists often argue, the tiny minority of 7.4 percent is absolutely devastating in such large quantities.

The article cites the blog Bare Naked Islam Of the 27 Muslim ‘refugees’ taken in by Japan in 2015, two Turkish nationals have already gang-raped a woman.

  • Let's not forget that they could just be aberrations. We can't take two individuals as representative of a group. Feb 29, 2016 at 16:12
  • @PointlessSpike is your point that we have to accurately determine the size of the group (whether it is 27, or much larger) or something else?
    – Golden Cuy
    Feb 29, 2016 at 21:01
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    No, I'm talking statistical sample sizes. If it was 7.4% of, say, a million individuals of different types but all Muslim, that would be representative and you could be confident of getting the same result if you repeated it. 2 of 27 is simply too low a number to be anything other than an anecdote. Mar 1, 2016 at 8:21

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From the Tokyo reporter article, the two arrested have not been granted refugee status, but are in the process of applying for it:

TOKYO (TR) – Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested two Turkish nationals currently applying for refugee status for allegedly raping a woman in Kita Ward, reports the Sankei Shimbun (Feb. 22).


The suspects arrived in Japan last year. They applied for refugee status in August and October, telling the Immigration Bureau of Japan that they did not want to return to Turkey due to “problems that exist between relatives.”

While their applications were being examined, the suspects received a visa status granting “special permission to stay in Japan.”

While Japan grants only a small number of people refugee status, there is a far larger number of people living in Japan applying for refugee status. From Foreigners abuse refugee application process to continue working in Japan, written in October 2014:

Foreign interns and students are falsely applying for refugee status because they can work while a decision is being made on their applications, a process that could take several years.

Under the change in the law made four years ago, applicants with an approved visa can start working six months after filing for refugee status.

Some who have applied in recent years do not face persecution if they return to their home country, but filed because the drawn-out process means they can work those years in Japan for higher wages than what interns and students are paid.


According to ministry officials, in 2013, 544 Nepalese applied for refugee status, the second largest number behind Turkish applicants, who totaled 658.

From a more recent article: Subaru’s secret: Marginalized foreign workers power a Japanese export boom (July 28, 2015)

A key source of gray-market labor for Subaru’s suppliers is asylum seekers. In Japan, these people fall broadly into two categories: The bigger group of asylum seekers is made up of those who are allowed to work and have permits that need to be renewed every six months. A smaller group is made up of asylum seekers who are on “provisional release” from immigration detention and are working without permits. Under government immigration rules, these people are allowed to stay in the country while their asylum applications are reviewed. But they are not allowed to work.

Asked how people on provisional release were supposed to survive if they were barred from working, Hidetoshi Ogawa, a senior official at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said they should rely on support from their relatives, friends and local charities. He said provisional release was a humanitarian measure to avoid long-term detention, “but in truth, these people should leave the country.”

On a related note, this answer to a related question mentions that Japan has approximately 100,000 Muslims, of whom 10,000 are citizens.

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