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 upheld a lower court ruling ordering the government to pay 1.65 million yen in damages to the bereaved family of a Cameroonian man who died in 2014 while being detained in an immigration control facility in eastern Japan.

 alleging that immigration officials at the Higashi-Nihon Immigration Center in Ushiku, Ibaraki Prefecture, failed to send him to a medical institution despite his claims of ill health.

Gaijin justice being served! Well done!

Next is justice for Wishma san

https://english.kyodonews.net/news/2023/04/a5d6e9c74832-video-of-sri-lankan-who-died-in-detention-in-japan-shown-to-public.html

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During the trial, the government argued that the response by the officials, who had no medical knowledge, was not inappropriate.

It's hard to imagine the mind that can make such a defence.

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A Japanese high court on Thursday upheld a lower court ruling ordering the government to pay 1.65 million yen in damages to the bereaved family of a Cameroonian man who died in 2014 while being detained in an immigration control facility in eastern Japan.

The pattern is seen again and again in these cases when people have suffered due to the Japan Inc./LDP combine.

They will keep wasting tax money with appeals when there is an odd case when a decision goes against the.

Hoping to wear the victims, families down with years and years of court proceedings. Trying to get damages reduced or an overturning of the sentence.

This is where your tax money goes and another instance of government waste while the truly deserving suffer.

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officials, who had no medical knowledge, was not inappropriate.

The man cried out that he was dying.

You don’t need a whole lot of training to dial 119.

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 recognized that the immigration bureau failed to carry out its duty.

authorities left him lying on the floor.

No accountability for this, right? No one's fault, nobody charged for careless behavior or inhumanity.

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Treatment of foreign nationals detained at Japanese immigration facilities has come under increased scrutiny in recent years, notably after 33-year-old Sri Lankan Ratnayake Liyanage Wishma Sandamali died at a Nagoya detention facility after complaining of ill health for around a month.

It needs to come under more scrutiny

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1,65 million is the price of human life ?

Whisma was dying too but as always, it was ignored. Immigration, police station and prison, all do not care about health including Japanese inmates.

Many embassies as well as EU often do claim to the authorities who simply ignore them.

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Anyone who has had a run in with Japanese authorities know that they adopt a very bad and arrogant attitude at times. Being in a situation where a breach of regulations or even asking too many questions or not being aware of a procedure is in Japan, a chance for small minded tyrants in power to exercise their limited authority.

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1.65 Million Yen ??? A Foreigners Life appears to be cheap in Japan

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I adore Japan, very much.

But I have to give A VERY BIG thumb down & "X" whenever the government of Japan (thru its staff) is proven of wrongdoing, misdeed & violation of any law.

Pay the victim's family its due & revamp your SOP & procedure!!

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The personification of an entity, like the Government, is misleading.

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Justice even if it is katachi.

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And this is all in the end, throw money and move on.

A human life ended because of the cruelty and negligence of people that suppose to protect.

But as we all know Japan’s constitution unlike many other true democracies doesn’t state that every human has the same right but every citizen has such equalitarian rights.

So this mean if by any chance there is a foreigner and especially from a developing country it won’t matter for them.

In the end the responsible of the death of this person are unnamed, left free and even protected.

There is even not an apology or regret about the tragic loss of a person’s life.

And as we do well know this is not an isolated case as in many degrees such kind of discriminations happen often in this country.

People shouldn’t be surprised if Biden mistakenly said something true the other day about Japan.

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Lots of downvotes for people saying this was wrong and the amount of money derisory. The Japanese right wing nationalists must be having a field day here. The downvotes say it all.

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You do realize that 1.65 million is nothing!

The calculation for PPD ( Permanent Physical Disability ) or death is 75% of potential earnings per year x the years until retirement. Ishario ( Gomenasai Money ) is a separate issue that any responsible party would be required to pay in addition to the legal requirement.

Once responsibility has been established the government will automatically pay the PPD or Death with weeks. Compensation in a civil suit usually takes much longer. However, the longer they drag the issue, the greater the penalty.

This man died in 2014? This case is totally foul. Disgusting if you ask me.

Mitsubishi Fuso ( similar case ) managed to get away with paying less than 5 million yen in a civil suit in Yokohama.

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There will be 2.5 monthly interest on top from the time of the original judgement I believe.

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It should be illegal to appeal such a ruling for the government as for sure it cost more to lodge the appeal, lawyers, etc than the actual sum. Waste of taxpayer money when everybody knows they should pay more for each and every death in detention.

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i see so cameroonian life is worth of 1.650.000JPY.

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Immigration officials are generally speaking the worst of the worst

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That kind of treatment in the detention centers and injustice toward foreign victims is par for the course. Did anyone even give the obligatory insincere bow and apology to the bereaved family?

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1.6 million with no apology or admission of guilt is a slap in the face!

Thats literally peanuts for a life.

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I guess this shows how much the Japanese system thinks a life is worth. I wonder how many have died in custody, and also where they are from. I can remember person from Nepal, Cameroon, and C.A.R, and they died in custody. This fine is pathetic! 1.6 million YEN. It seems cheaper to pay the fine, than to keep them in custody, all the while processing them, giving them appropriate care, feeding them, etc etc. I wonder if there have been any white people who have died in custody? Or is it just people from poorer countries?

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The sad part is no country, at least not a civilized one has ever treated a Japanese citizen in that way, even when caught doing an illegal offense, usually they get deported back to Japan alive.

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A side note is that something has got to be done to reduce illegal immigration by making people aware that they would nog be welcome if they aren't here for proper reasons. Even tourists are getting hate these days.

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Simple don't come to Japan to stay illegal.

In America there are similar cases so not special for news

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For the Japanese government 1.6 million yen is a trivial amount, it woud be easier to say they do not give a dam about any foreigners life, and this case proves just that, as the many before hand have. It does make me think about the so many politicians who have embezzled funds etc.....worth a 100 times more than this for their own greedy pockets.

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