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Fukuda cautious about accepting refugees, asylum seekers.

TOKYO, May 13 Kyodo

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yasuo Fukuda on Monday expressed a cautious stance about Japan accepting asylum seekers and allowing in more refugees.

''More people will seek asylum if we accept asylum seekers and refugees, and it is doubtful that acceptance will contribute to settlement of the issue,'' the top government spokesman told a press conference.

He was speaking after the seizure last week of five North Korean asylum seekers by Chinese police inside the Japanese Consulate General in Shenyang, northeastern China.

''The fundamental problem lies in countries and governments that have produced refugees, and I believe we should first set them straight,'' he said.
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Date:May 20, 2002
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