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I feel pain when I think about the feelings of the bereaved family. Such an incident must never happen again.

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Justice Minister Yoshihisa Furukawa, commenting on the death of Sri Lankan woman Wishma Sandamali, who died in March at the age of 33 while being detained at an immigration facility in Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture, for overstaying her visa. He said the government will reform its Immigration Services Agency.

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I feel pain when I think about the feelings of the bereaved family. Such an incident must never happen again.

Just a reminder for everyone: the Immigration officials whose abuse caused her death are still working there, having only received a reprimand for what they did. No senior officials have been held to account at all. Also the ministry has been fighting tooth and nail against the families requests for investigations into the incident, and also refuses to release the video evidence of what happened in its entirety.

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I feel pain when I think about the feelings of the bereaved family. Such an incident must never happen again.

Different type of incident but I recall a foreign national forcibly put on a return flight and choke to death by the immigration officer(s). Don't think it went beyond reprimand as well...The incidents are not directly linked but show the same impunity enjoyed the immigration services. This will only foster repeats down the lane.

In any case, Furukawa's "pain" will never beats the pain of the family.

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I feel pain when I think about the feelings of the bereaved family. Such an incident must never happen again.

But it will. These are empty words combined with crocodile tears.

 He said the government will reform its Immigration Services Agency.

HA! Yeah sure. Whatever.

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Just as I predicted. It ends up not really ending exactly, it ends up in some kind of vacuum. The only thing I was wrong about is that somewhere they find a random low-level official who had nothing to do with it, he apologizes and bows several times, someone else promises to make sure it doesn't happen again. Maybe some posters, some training for immigration officials, but the system just won't change. And the final argument in these cases is and will always be "but he broke the law (because he was here illegally)". But the fact that someone died for the fact that the official simply ignored the situation, no one will point that out. And no one disputes that instead of death and long detention of this "evil evil criminal", where detention costs us taxpayers a lot of money, they could have just deported her, given her a ban for a certain period of time for example. They would have saved money, they would have saved themselves time... But no, they would have rather let it happen that she died. She didn't kill anyone, she didn't steal anything. She just broke immigration law. And death for that?

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 I feel pain when I think about the feelings of the bereaved family. Such an incident must never happen again."

That is good...so will you release the full video and have an independent investigation into the incident as the family has been asking for then?

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If only....if only........ She had followed immigration rules....

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It is one thing to detain a person for violating the law, and it is another to kill that person while in custody.

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