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Asylum seekers speak out about cruel detention in secretly shot film

By Kozuki Hideoki, staff writer   YAMAGATA–A film featuring secretly recorded interviews with detainees at an immigration facility in Ibaraki Prefecture sheds light on their inhumane long-term detentions as they wait for word on their refugee applications.    The film, “Ushiku,” directed by Thomas Ash, was screened on Oct. 9 in the Perspectives Japan program of the Yamagata International Documentary….Read more

  • October 11, 2021
  • , The Asahi Shimbun , 7:07 p.m.
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Sri Lankan woman’s family sends letter to Kishida

The family of a Sri Lankan woman who died at an immigration facility in Japan has sent a letter to Japanese Prime Minister Kishida Fumio, calling for full accountability of the incident.   Wishma Sandamali, aged 33, died in March at the facility in Nagoya, central Japan. She had been detained there for overstaying her visa.   The Immigration Services….Read more

  • October 14, 2021
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INTERNATIONAL > South & Central Asia

50 Afghan evacuees arrive in Japan

Yomiuri wrote that 50 Afghan nationals who worked for the Japanese Embassy in Kabul and for JICA and their families arrived in Japan from Qatar on a commercial aircraft on Thursday evening. A total of 168 Afghan evacuees have now arrived in Japan and another group of 90 or so is expected to arrive in Japan soon.

  • October 15, 2021
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Editorial: Children without a state in Japan deserve to have hope and support

The Tokyo Olympics and the recent announcements of this year’s Nobel prize winners have drawn our attention to the notion of nationality.   We tend to take it for granted that everyone has a nationality. However, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees estimates the number of stateless people in the several millions.   This year marks….Read more

  • October 13, 2021
  • , The Asahi Shimbun , 12:55 p.m.
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SOCIETY > Human Rights

Ruling on Sri Lankans’ deportation as unconstitutional finalized

Tokyo, Oct. 7 (Jiji Press)–A Japanese high court ruling that found unconstitutional immigration authorities’ actions to deport two Sri Lankan men without allowing them to take legal action after they were denied refugee status became final on Thursday.   Both the Japanese government and the plaintiffs did not file an appeal against Tokyo High Court’s decision before the deadline on….Read more

  • October 7, 2021
  • , Jiji Press , 12:51 a.m.
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Family of deceased Sri Lankan woman watched video of detention

Tokyo, Oct. 5 (Jiji Press)–The 27-year-old sister of a Sri Lankan woman who has died during detention in Japan said Tuesday that she and her lawyers have watched some of the surveillance camera footage of the woman’s detention in the central Japan city of Nagoya.   They watched the footage as part of proceedings for the preservation of evidence, in….Read more

  • October 5, 2021
  • , Jiji Press , 11:01 p.m.
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EXCLUSIVE: Japan not to appeal ruling over deportation of Sri Lankans

Tokyo, Oct. 4 (Jiji Press)–The Japanese government will not appeal a high court ruling that found immigration authorities’ actions to deport two Sri Lankan men without allowing them to take legal action after being denied refugee status as unconstitutional, government sources told the Jiji Press Monday.   The deadline to file an appeal against the Tokyo High Court’s decision is….Read more

  • October 5, 2021
  • , Jiji Press , 1:38 a.m.
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Editorial: Online Japanese outcast communities list is intolerable discrimination promotion

The Tokyo District Court has ruled it unlawful that a publisher released online a list of location names relating to communities historically discriminated against in Japan. The court banned the publication of a related book and the list’s posting online, and ordered the company pay compensation.   Discrimination against Buraku outcast communities is a deep-rooted problem. The publication of communities’….Read more

  • October 1, 2021
  • , The Mainichi
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Major electronics firms to jointly collect information on human rights violations at partner companies

Major electronics companies will jointly gather information about human rights violations at their partner companies. Ten or so companies will start by setting up an online contact center as early as the spring of 2022 to receive information about forced labor and harassment. Fujitsu and Toshiba are considering joining the plan. The international attention on China’s human rights violations in….Read more

  • September 26, 2021
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Editorial: Inhumane stance on immigration control needs urgent review

The Tokyo High Court on Sept. 22 ruled that the Japanese government violated the Constitution when it deported two Sri Lankan men without giving them an opportunity to take legal action against its decision to reject their applications for refugee status.   The court ordered the government to pay compensation to the Sri Lankan nationals for depriving them of their….Read more

  • September 28, 2021
  • , The Asahi Shimbun , 3:47 p.m.
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