The Japanese Government will soon be sending a number of missions to south-east Asian countries to encourage the large-scale resettlement of Indo-Chinese refugees in Japan.
SV Refugee children playing in the snow in grounds of Japan's Himeji Resettlement Centre
GV PAN INTERIOR From roof of building TO Refugees in classroom learning Japanese
CU PAN FROM Child asleep on chair next to father during lesson
CU Japanese teacher
CU Refugees in class writing in Japanese (2 shots)
CU PAN UP TO Refugee in Japanese style dress sitting in classroom
SV Two young refugee girls leaving train at Shin-Osaka station, greeted on platform by factory personnel staff
SV INTERIOR Girls being shown around factory (2 shots)
SV INTERIOR Certificate being presented to Young Hong Bi (Vietnamese) for learning Japanese
SV Women applaud
CU Mrs. Shisawa receiving certificate returns to her seat ZOOM TO Her daughter who is called and gets certificate
CU PAN FROM Group playing guitars TO refugees clapping hands and singing
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Background: The Japanese Government will soon be sending a number of missions to south-east Asian countries to encourage the large-scale resettlement of Indo-Chinese refugees in Japan. Last year, the government decided to take in 500 refugees and opened the country's first resettlement centre at Himeji.
SYNOPSIS: Most of the 31 Laotian and Vietnamese refugees at the centre are experiencing snowfall for the first time.
The most important task for both??? the parents and their children is to learn the language. After three months of studying Japanese some of the adults will be able to take a job and continue with part-time lessons at night schools. Their language lessons at the Himeji centre occupy them for about five hours a day.
Two young refugees from the centre arrive at Shin-Osaka where they hope to get work in a local factory. Many of the refugees have received occupational training and have jobs found for them. Before these girls obtain employment they will have a good knowledge of Japanese and a basic understanding of Japanese society.
At a special ceremony, the Indo-Chinese refugees are given certificates showing they have completed their language course.
Mrs. Shisawa from Laos and her daughter were both successful in passing the course. But, as a mother of three children, Mrs. Shisawa was unable to get work at a local factory as there were no child care facilities on the premises.
Graduation day means a celebration for all the family at the centre. Last summer the number of refugees looking for sanctuary in Asia reached about fifty thousand a month but that figure has now dwindled to about two to three thousand.