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Japan will not seek immigration law amendment before summer election


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And Japan wants to be taken seriously on the world stage...

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> Some upper house members of the LDP have expressed concerns about debating controversial bills in parliament before the election for the chamber is held, a senior party lawmaker said.


Why not put off today what might or might not be done several months ahead?

Japanese politicians have to be the laziest around….

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Just stalling for time, using any excuse possible.

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Japan's immigration laws are fine. It is the people breaking them that are at fault.

Just follow the rules, and you won't end up in detention or get deported.

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Japan's immigration laws are fine. It is the people breaking them that are at fault.

They're exceedingly lame for a developed country that for decades has been selling all sorts of products around the world. Could it be because Japan Inc. sometimes profits from regimes people seek refuge from?

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Like the 99% conviction rate the 1% refugee status are Japans benchmarks and any change would cause confusion. Best to wait a decade or two for a hopefully new crop of politicians to play catch up with a world that’s changing. It’s not 1930.

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The Sri Lankan woman who died in the detention center wouldn’t have faced persecution back home if deported. She was detained because she had overstayed her visa and then resisted deportation. I wish she hadn’t abused the system and had lived a long happy life in her home country.

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For a supposedly developed, first world country, Japan's immigration laws and asylum intake stats are appalling. I'm pretty sure that if they could sustain themselves without having to trade with the outside world, they'd close their borders forever. That whole debacle with the deceased Sri Lankan woman probably won't even make a dent in how they view potential deportees in custody because they don't give two craps about anyone that isn't Japanese. So I'm not at all surprised that they're not going ahead with this amendment.

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So much for the hope of being the world's financial hub.

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Why does it take so long to make a decision? feel that is the main issue here. People shouldn't be held for any length of time. They need to have their case heard quickly, and a decision made.

The decision making is fairly rapid. Its the over stayers and other trying to milk the system with baseless appeals. They can return anytime. It is the immigration criminals who choose to stay in detention.

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They should tackle this issue now. This is their JOB. Postponing, scrapping, postponing, scrapping isn't what I'm paying them to do.

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" I wish she hadn’t abused the system and had lived a long happy life in her home country." She needed medical help instead the cops arrested her. She was sent to an immigration prison, where was refused medial help and died.

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Its not fear of public backlash is a superiority complex issue fueled by prejudices against foreigners .

Treating refugees like criminal prisoners is not nice

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Japan only accepts around 1 percent of refugee applications it receives.

Rejection rate 99%

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Open the boarders first of all!

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Of course not. Wouldn’t want to lose your precious seats by debating an important issue before an election? Sad.

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Kyo wa heiwa dayo ne...

Treating refugees like criminal prisoners is not nice

Economic migrants pretending to be refugees is no nice.

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I think the system is fine right now, why fix what's not broken? The only two things I would change would be faster deportation of illegal aliens and overstayers and the elimination of the Specialist in Humanities/ International Services and Trainee Statuses of Residence as their are mainly used as gateway to Japan by people with no ties to the country.

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Well its bad and all but I don't understand why someone needs to cross the whole world when there are more then enough "save" places so much closer.

It actually does look as if they not only want security but also wealth as mentioned by others ...

Not that its hard to understand but someone who truly flees because they are in danger of beeing killed would be happy everywhere where its safe and wouldn't need to go that far.

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Zia and Esteban...

Have some compassion.

I have plenty of compassion for those who come to Japan legally. Not so much for those who come as "students" never attend school, and work illegally driving down the wages for others. Then when caught claim that they would be persecuted if deported.

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Driving down wages? Wages are actively driven down by lobbyists and the government. A refugee escaping gang rape and torture is not the driving force. But that might be a mental step to far. And after all why get foreigners to work for less than ¥1000 yen an hr when you can get single Japanese mothers and the rejected Japanese to do it. Yep that’s the thinking that will make Japan great again.

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Yes, driving down wages. The economic migrants (they are not fleeing gang rape and torture, that's your rather vivid imagination) are here to do the jobs Japanese do not want to do or rather, not for the pay offered. If the job really needs doing they would have to pay rates to attract workers. Now just find a Vietnamese trainee who is happy to get a pitance.

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@Mr. Kipling, I agree they do drive down wages!! The economic migrants there to do the jobs Japanese do not want to do or rather, not for the pay offered. But once the numbers increase the cost of those jobs they don't want to do go up in price and before you know it they want a job with benefits and retirement. For example in the US we have people that come from south of the border before they would do daily manual work for $5 dollars now they don't work for $ dollars per hour they want to do that same work for $15 per hours and they want at least 6-8 hours for the job or else they won't take it. That's tax free money, they are demanding regular wages for a days work without paying. Also the US youths cannot get part time jobs because those from across the border make a career out of a job at McDonald's where they now demand health care benefits. Before high school students took those jobs as a means to get training and to have pocket change but not anymore the new immigrants came in at low wages then demanded higher wages in the end complaining it was not enough to care for their families. The price of A "HAPPY MEAL" went to the price of what a regular BIG MAC cost. You have 31 to 65 year old now in those position and this is one of the reason kids in america has nothing to do because they cannot find jobs in that sector. Its not that they won't do the work, its because the managers will not hire them because they too are from south of the border and they will hire another person to take the job because they can communicate with them better and control them.

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You break the rules, you will be deported..

Stay strong Japan and toughen the penalties for offenders..

Fake asylum seekers or overstayers, Japan is not your place, go to Europe or the US, In those carnivals you can break the law..

I support Japanese immigration law.

You overstayed, broke the law during your visa, etc. it EQUALS to DEPORTATION. Go to America and overstay your visa you will see what they will do to you.

DEPORTATION means you are not going to stay in a 5-star hotel waiting for your flight home, you going to be in JAIL.

I also think that INPRISONERS, DETAINEES, etc. should be forced to do some labor. Road construction, cleaning public places, renovation etc.

Well said, as it should be !!..

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I also think that INPRISONERS, DETAINEES, etc. should be forced to do some labor. Road construction, cleaning public places, renovation etc.

I agree that there should be some form of penalty, but maybe not having medical assistance withheld ultimately leading to death..

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