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Reform team set up at Japan Immigration after detainee’s death

  • August 20, 2021
  • , Jiji Press , 4:45 p.m.
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Tokyo, Aug. 20 (Jiji Press)–Justice Minister Yoko Kamikawa said Friday a project team has been set up at the Immigration Services Agency of Japan to promote reform following the death of a Sri Lankan woman while in detention at a facility of the agency.


“It’s important for every staff member of the agency to take this case as their own and implement reform efforts proactively and promptly,” Kamikawa told a press conference.


The team, established on Aug. 10, has some 20 members and is led by the head of the agency’s Immigration Department.


Shoko Sasaki, commissioner of the agency, has instructed agency officials to determine whether there is anything they can improve at each detention facility and fix any problems.


Sasaki has also told them that it is necessary to continue to update their mindset.


In March, the Sri Lankan woman, Wishma Sandamali, died after getting ill at a detention facility in the central Japan city of Nagoya. She was 33.


In a report on the case released earlier this month, the agency admitted that its medical care system had flaws and that her repeated requests for medical care did not reach senior officials of the Nagoya Regional Immigration Services Bureau, which runs the detention facility.



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