Ambassador: Japanese delegation to visit Palestine in November
Published Wednesday 23/10/2013 (updated) 24/10/2013 12:23
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- A delegation of 65 Japanese will visit Palestine in November to participate in National Youth Week, Palestinian ambassador to Japan Waleed Siam told Ma'an Wednesday.
National Youth Week, according to the Palestinian Authority news agency Wafa, "includes all sectors of Palestinian youth and will reflect the Palestinian people’s determination for freedom and independence."
Siam added that several Palestinians currently live in Japan - five as permanent residents and 47 as students at Japanese universities.
He said that 20 Palestinians living in the West Bank and Gaza hold Japanese citizenship, but that the Palestinians currently residing in Japan do not.
He said that in the past, any Palestinian child born in Japan was automatically endowed with citizenship. But after 2009, when Japan began to recognize Palestinian citizenship at the PA's request, Palestinians could no longer obtain Japanese citizenship.
Due to support by the Japanese government, Palestinians enjoy comfortable living situations in Japan, Siam said.