old news,... It helps if you have relatives or friends to help you get set up for a place to stay and then refferences when job hunting.
In other words "connections"
Those things didn't help him... he was on his way *home*, he already had a job. and even, apparently, connections with higher ups in in his homecountry who tried to help from their end.
just some things I'd like to throw out there:
"Innocent until proven guilty in a court of law"
"The Code of Criminal Procedure"
Now, I've seen this kind of thing elsewhere too (mainly, I admit, on the show Border Patrol: Australia), but never this extreme.
He was never accused of any crime.
His translator lied about what he was saying.
He was denied a phonecalls, even though signs clearly indicated that he had rights to one. (later he was allowed one because he was well-behaved).
He was physically threatened.
You could argue that he was tortured
They attempted to force him to sign false/fabricated statement/confession.
Airline representatives tried to extort money out of him.
He was told repeatedly that he had no rights.
The Police had no right to interfere.
Japanese politicians couldn't or wouldn't do anything to help.
He was not allowed to pick up his belongings from his home, where he had lived for years.
and finally he was put on a plane and forced to leave the country without any substantiated accusations... he was never told what he had done wrong, if anything.
All of this could have happened just because one of the airport people didn't like the way he looked, and everyone else he met at the airport was already biased against him.
all of this makes it a fucking lottery, and THAT makes it a moral disgrace.