TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Japan granted refugee status to 74 people seeking asylum in 2021, the highest level since it began recognizing refugees in 1982, the immigration agency said Friday.

東京(共同社)——日本移民局周五表示,日本在2021年向74名尋求庇護的人授予了難民身份,這是自1982年開始承認難民以來的最高水平。

While the number jumped from 27 in 2020, it remains significantly lower than in the West, where some countries accept more than 10,000 refugees annually.

雖然數量從2020年的27人增加了不少,但仍遠低于西方國家,一些國家每年接收1萬多名難民。