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“Japanese” Man Kills Himself to Escape Deportation

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The case of a Japanese man who committed suicide rather than be deported to a land he never knew and could not even speak the language of has underscored the tragic consequences of  Japan’s dubious immigration and citizenship policy.

The 25-year-old ethnically Japanese man was originally of Brazilian extraction, but at the age of 5 was taken to Japan by his mother as she went to join her husband, who had already taken up the government’s hungry offer of hospitality to the Brazilian Japanese it needed to man its factories.

For the next 20 years he lived in Japan, not knowing a single person in Brazil and being unable to speak Portuguese. His parents worked at a car factory, but later quarreled and split.

His little sister reports that he was bullied and beaten by delinquent youths on account of his ancestry, and eventually became just such a delinquent – “he was looking for something like a family,” she recounts.

He graduated from middle school. By this time he had been arrested several times for riding a motorbike without a proper license. By the time he was 20 he had met the woman he would marry, but later opted to evade arrest after being cited for further traffic related crimes, in order to keep working off the couple’s debt.

Finally, in 2007 he was arrested for these traffic offenses and possession of illegal stimulants (the most popular kind of illegal drug in Japan).

He was sentenced to 2 years in prison, and whilst in prison his visa came up for renewal. Immigration declined to renew it, and upon release he was detained in an immigration detention centre for being an illegal overstayer. He soon realised he would be unable to return to Japan ever again, as those with criminal records are usually denied entry.

He applied for special leave to remain, but with little hope of success and a forced deportation order looming sunk into depression.

After a call to his sister in which he said “I’ve finally understood the importance of family,” and another to his wife in which he was thought to be under the influence of tranquilisers, Japanese to his last he hung himself and died soon after.

His sister ponders what would happen were the same fate to befall her: “If I was told to return to Brazil… I can’t speak or write Portuguese – I don’t know how I could live there.”

Via the Ibaraki Shimbun (link transient).

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The issue of “Nikkei” Japanese-Brazilians themselves is itself a complex one.

Japanese immigration to the Americas in the last century saw large populations of Japanese descent develop in South America as a result of population pressure in Japan, and these to a larger extent integrated into the host nations. The largest such community is in Brazil, numbering several million.

In the 1980s the Japanese government sought to alleviate boom-time labour shortages with immigration; unfortunately the thinking at the time was evidently along racial rather than practical lines, and the government began offering visas and citizenship to those of Japanese blood if they would immigrate back to Japan to do the jobs the Japanese no longer wanted any part of, a process known as “dekasegi.”

The reasoning was that those of Japanese blood would have no trouble turning into dour Japanese workers even if they were largely rowdy Brazilians unable to speak Japanese.

Predictably, this led to major problems, with Japan totally unable to integrate its new population of several hundred thousand “Japanese” Brazilians, and the decline of manufacturing employment and subsequent economic malaise since then led them to become a major liability.

The Japanese government currently offers several thousand dollars to these South American “Japanese” if they will but go back to their countries of origin (and permanently give up their right to return as “nikkei”), demonstrating the total failure of the policy and their intense desire to rid themselves of the fractious lot in favour of other, more useful immigrants (mostly Chinese and Korean).

The case in question is also reminiscent of the recent fate of the Calderon family, a family of Filipino immigrants who illegally resided in Japan for decades, but were finally discovered and a deportation order issued.

However, their daughter 13-year-old Noriko Calderon had in fact been born and raised in Japan as Japanese and knew nothing else, but still held no Japanese citizenship.

She was able to make tearful pleas on television saying “I love Japan” and “I want to be Japanese,” and managed to sway public and official opinion into allowing her to stay, although her family was deported.

Unfortunately for this man, not being a tearful Japanese schoolgirl able to captivate the media and wring an exception from officials seems to have meant no reprieve from being crushed by the implacable cogs of immigration bureaucracy.

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  • Poor guy, i’m brazillian and know lots of stories like that… I know, he was a delinquent, but no one likes to being treated like shit.
    Anyway, i also heard stories of japanese people getting really rich and respected here, because they aren’t lazy like us.

  • Sandalphon says:

    I understand why they wanted him out of the country, no matter how small the crime, repeated criminals are generally frowned upon by the Japanese. However, it must have been pretty hard for him to deal with all the xenophobic hatred directed at him, it’s only natural he’d turn up like he did.

    All in all, a really sad story, but I don’t think we have an “evil” antagonist here

  • Anonymous says:

    He would do very well in São Paulo with all the japanese comunity there who speak only japanese, and with his deliquency he would problably join one of the many gangs in there.
    Coming from brazil we sure are not gonna miss him.

    • Anonymous says:

      Sad story.

      I m living japan for now 6 years, European and got J-citizenship 2 year ago. Applied in 2007 and got it 1 year later in 2008.My japanese is not perfect at all and i do not have any relative here.what an injustice you ll tell me.This is case by case.

      But the difference.

      -I work for IT Japanese company since my arrival —Never been unemployed
      -Never commit crime
      -Never failed to renew my visa.
      -Never failed to pay ward taxes.
      -Paid a veteran attorney for the paperwork of Citizenship application.

      J-immigration is like German Gestapo.it is the most strict immigration system in the world.
      you could have HIV in terminal phase, they could deport and charge you 3.000.000 yen fine, imprison and blacklisting you if you overstay your visa.

      But, Japan is the safest country in the world.
      Loose immigration system countries(France, Belgium,..) are all invaded of undesirable cunts…

  • Anonymous says:

    People who are blaming the guy for “breaking the law” haven’t got the point.

    He was at his worst a small-time delinquent. And I bet only in the end did he realize he was not technicaly a japanese citizen. I doubt he ever realized he could be exiled – for Japan *was* his de facto home country; he lived his entire life there! – on such trivial charges as traffic offenses and possession of stimulants.

    You *don’t* forever remove someone from the only environment they know and can live in for such petty charges. That a person living in Japan – generally portrayed as a modern country – might be subject to just that is the true horror of this story.

    On a related note, I am not of Japanese ancestry, but being a brazilian interested in Japanese culture, I have from time to time followed the news on Japan’s immigration policies, or lack thereof. Sometimes I wonder, when only about 17 “true” citizens remain on the islands, perhaps then politicians will take the citizenship issue seriously – but then they’ll probably offer it to androids rather than let “mainland races” have the same status as them.

  • Anonymous says:

    Brazil is not the leper colony some of you posters paint it to be. Sure, it may be poorer than Japan, but I find the people there much more accepting of others, and even a bit happier than people of first world countries. By contrast, the Japanese-Brazilians in Brazil isolate themselves from the rest of the culture, believing themselves purely Japanese while romanticizing Japan, until they actually get there and see for themselves how much more ‘Brazilian’ they really are.

    It’s pointless to say this now. The guy’s dead and it really is sad, but so is the Japanese’s fear of the inferior brown multitude it regards as the rest of the world.

    • Anonymous says:

      Correct, for starters if the situtation was different and he was a 5yo japanese migrating to Brazil by the time he was 7yo he’d be fully adapted to his new country because here we aren’t obsessed about someone’s heritage to go as far as bullying the person.

      While Japan is one of the most racist and xenophobic country in the world Brazil is one of the less. Too bad nobody told him that.

  • Lesson to be learned: don’t be a criminal, and maybe you’ll get cut some slack.
    I realize it was the girl’s mom that screwed up, but she needs to explain to her daughter how her The mother’s) life of crime led to her daughter being taken from Japan and deported. It’s the mother who needs to take care of the girl and not Japan.
    We have the same nonsense here in America. People enter illegally, have kids, and they weep tears when they get caught and are shipped back home as illegal aliens. “But my children were born here!” That’s nice. And by law, they’re welcome to stay here. You, however, are not. We don’t reward criminal behavior because you have cute kids. Kids are constantly separated from their parents by the law, when they are imprisoned for drug-dealing, fraud, theft, assault, whatever. Being an illegal immigrant is nothing different. Besides, kids constantly are moved from country to country entirely legally and simply as part of a job-related transfer or a family decision.
    Take-away learning point for these people: you can’t always get what you want.

  • Anonymous says:

    wow what a huge drama queen

    Just go to Brazil, live on welfare for a while and get a shitty until you learn Portuguese and can land a better job like tourist guide or even translator.

  • Anonymous says:

    this….would…..be…..an……..awesome………movie!, those movies that end like giving you the impression of, wtf? what happens after his?

    epic story would be EPIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Anonymous says:

    “2 wrongs don’t make a right,” as an old response goes:

    The Japanese used his parents for cheap labor in jobs other Japanese didn’t want or couldn’t find enough warm bodies for; bullied & humiliated him until the only way he could get a semblance of relief was to become like his tormenters; sought to kick him and others like him out once they appeared to become an economic inconvenience.

    For his part, he used the misdeeds of others as an excuse for his own — even in the face of the fact that people were looking for reasons to justify treating him and others like him badly; he continued to flout the laws of the land he wanted to live in even when it might not have been necessary to do so.

  • Anonymous says:

    What’s the big deal anyway. I admit, he had it tough, but nobody FORCED him to become a criminal. Or can every bullied person break the law whenever they want because the “evil racist xenophobic society” OBVIOUSLY left them no choice?

    People dying is certainly nothing unusual, and I sure as hell won’t be crying for some random criminal.

    Feel free to downvote if it makes y’all feel better about yourselves, sure.

  • The Japanese didn’t care about the thousands of foreigners they raped and killed during WW2. They didn’t even flinch when their own people lost their properties to North American governments and were put in internment camps (serves them right for abandoning Glorious Nippon, no?). But as soon as Fat Man and Little Boy hit the ground, they finally understood human suffering.

    • Anonymous says:

      You’re disgusting. War transforms people into animals. Every country was partaking in horrible acts in the east Asian war, including the allies. You think these actions really have relevance to this article anyway? This is an entirely separate issue.

      Xenophobia stems from isolationist policies and perpetuating a bloated sense of national pride. Not war crimes from 70 years ago. You might as well say that all Germany’s current problems are because of the minorities they killed in WWII.

        • Anonymous says:

          you speck like the allies ( note: Mainly AMERICAN ) did not rape and kill Japanese when they occupied japan.

          Oh I forget that they are the victor in the war and so all are right. Yeah, history will never recorded the war crimes they done when they are occupying japan.

          Oh and about North American Japanese, The North America(s) are at war with Japan so yes, we will listen to you asking us not to steal from our people of Japanese immigrant and not to put them in concentration camp. Why its your fault that we steal and imprison them cause you never ask us not to.

          Conveniently that if the North American are so moral and great they wont do so in the first place? Or are they so stupid that they can only think IF they are ask to not do so?

  • Anonymous says:

    He didn’t want to go back to Brazil, so he chose to go to the Hell.

    Interesting, huh?

    Delinquent, drug trafficant, arrested, deported… Thank you for your wise decision. We’ve enough delinquents and drug trafficants here in Brazil. We don’t need more criminals here… We’re satisfied with our own criminals, arrested or not.

    Nothing against his sister. She’s welcome. There’s a great Japanese community in Sao Paulo, they speak Japanese and she’ll be able to gradually learn Portuguese and live here if she wants.

  • What a sad story and I thought the US had bad immigration policies.

    If the CNN is going to rag on Japan about something they should at least choose worthy things like this vs some game.

  • Anonymous says:

    I’m not sure if you guys know this but it is possible to obtain Japanese citizenship. You just have to go through a lengthy naturalization process and live about 10+ years in Japan. You also need to legally change your name to a Japanese kanji name (both first name and last name). They’ll do things like come to your house and evaluate how Japanese your lifestyle is. It’s a pain in the ass but just about anything involving a lot of paperwork and government permission is a pain in the ass. Assuming you got a nice job in Japan (something a little more permanent and better paying than teaching english) you could theoretically get married to a Japanese national and eventually obtain permanent residence and then apply for citizenship. It would take a long time but by the time you’re like 35 you’ll be a Japanese citizen. Then you can skip the immigration lines at Narita when you enter the country.

    All those Koreans who are like 5th generation and indiscernible from Japanese citizens only encounter discrimination because they choose to continue to refer to themselves as Koreans and use Korean names. Many refuse to do things like change it to obtain the citizenship, but many others do it all the time.

    There’s even a bunch of non-asians who have citizenship including Bobby Olgun, Alessandro Santos and Akira Fujimoto, the latter being a polish software company owner.

    • Most of Brazil is not that bad and they have a large Japanese community.
      FYI people often go to Brazil for vacations.

      Like any other part of the world yes there are seedy parts you’d want to avoid.
      Heck there are places in the US I’d rather not visit at night such as East Saint Louise and South Central LA.

  • Anonymous says:

    When will people learn that eveyone should be allowed to go to any country they want on the planet.. geeze we’re all human aren’t we? But I guess people are so mired in the economy and racial tensions they’re too blind to see what the hell they’re doing half the time.

  • Anonymous says:

    So you go around and fuck up the streets with crime and then you say “I’ve finally understood the importance of family,”

    and its suppose to be all good?

    Nah send him back to where he came from and let him rot.

  • >>Finally, in 2007 he was arrested for these traffic offenses and possession of illegal stimulants (the most popular kind of illegal drug in Japan).

    No place for that guy in Brasil too.
    He is brazilian but I HATE DRUGS.

    >>The Japanese government currently offers several thousand dollars to these South American “Japanese” if they will but go back to their countries of origin (and permanently give up their right to return as “nikkei”), demonstrating the total failure of the policy and their intense desire to rid themselves of the fractious lot in favour of other, more useful immigrants (mostly Chinese and Korean).

    Democratic Party and the Parrow want to sell to China and Korea the Japan. That is not new.

    • That xenophobia is from up, not from the population.
      Japanese will respect you if you act correctly.

      …Bulling is not exclusivity of foreigner.
      It is a problem of japan as nation itself.

      • >That xenophobia is from up, not from the population.

        BULLSHIT.

        Japan IS the population and xenophobia comes FROM them. They don’t give a fuck if you’re a model “citizen”; if you’re a foreigner then the moment you sneeze they’ll be on your throats, saying shit like “figures, since he’s a filthy gaijin”

        I’ve lived it too (and I was even born and raised in the freaking country, lawful citizen and all) getting insulted and harassed in the middle of the day for being “Chinese”, and let me tell you xenophobia and racism come from the poorest people to the richest of them all. As long as you look different or have another nationality they all treat you like “filthy gaijin”.

    • Many countries automatically grant citizenship to people born on their soil, or residing there a significant length of time. Certainly 20 years of residence would normally convert into permanent residence and non-deportability.

        • Anonymous says:

          If you’ve ever studied policy making, you would know there is no one single policy that fullfills all expectations. There will be winners and losers, or none at all. However, that doesn’t mean that policies should always remain the same when it is obviously not working.

        • Anonymous says:

          No one is disputing the fact that the US has lenient immigration policies. The question is whether they are sensible policies to adopt.
          Yes? If so, why?

          Use.Your.Head.Take a hard look at your country’s current immigration policies and tell me why they are so great. And if they are not so great, why should Japan adopt similar policies?

        • NakkiNyan says:

          “are you honestly saying that being born in the country wouldn’t be a good reason to be granted citizenship?”

          Having your mother run across the border at 8 months pregnant because she knows it will automatically become a citizen, no I don’t think it is right. Now if you specify that they were there legally then maybe.

        • Anonymous says:

          The hell’s wrong with you? I haven’t checked this in quite a while but 7 years legal residence in the United States mean you are an American citizen. This man’s been living in Japan legally for almost 3 times as long and he gets nothing from it. Use. Your. Head.

        • Anonymous says:

          well to be fair, we often do the same thing if an illegal is picked up for a relatively minor crime.
          the real issue isn’t the petty crime but the duration of his legal residency. he legally lived there for over 20 years. in almost any other country that would count for something.

        • You guys are fucking nuts. Do you realize banishment is just one step below death sentence?
          Lack of driving license and some drugs in possession (not even trafficking), warrants almost death penalty?? wtf?

        • Anonymous says:

          are you honestly saying that being born in the country wouldn’t be a good reason to be granted citizenship? seriously? where the hell are you going to deport the person to? a country where the person never once lived in or seen, not even for a second?

        • Anonymous says:

          The man was about to be deported because he had a criminal record.He served a 2 year prison sentence for drug crimes.Does the person respect the laws of the country? Will he be a law-abiding citizen? This is criterion that makes much more sense than granting automatic citizenship based on length of residency or whether he was born in the country.

        • Anonymous says:

          SO you lived there basically all your life, don’t even know your “mother” country, working and contributing for the “national” economy, yet, you can’t be considered part of that country because you were born and lived 5% of your life in another country.

          Sure that makes total sense … ?

  • Anonymous says:

    Also: That’s how general xenophobia works in Japan.
    This guy lived all his life there.
    He turned up a criminal because of all that bullying in schools (which I know is true because I also know lots of people who were raised there and gone through the exact same problems).
    But on the first oportunity the japanese government had, they labeled him a foreigner “unfit” for japanese society.

    Actually, that’s how most countries work.

    They create a subculture that reminds us of some centuries ago (read slavery), with all the prejudice we had back then, relegate them all the hard work while not acknowledging citizenship status, and then when things go wrong people will say they are and behave the way they do because “they are foreigners”.

    US, France and several other countries are in the exact same position.
    But mark my words, all those countries will pay the consequences of their actions one day. In fact, some of them are already paying.

  • Anonymous says:

    Well that is too bad. I can see how fu’ked up the world is all over as well. Living in Texas i am not allowed to live either since i am not from Mexico and part of the Mexico churches. USA is not free, never has been by any means the ruling party is the largest group of people that exist within the areas of the States even if they are not citizens of the USA. So after all the distress and lack of any useful treatment from injuries at the hospital from these people as well, I can easily see how he killed himself. Just like him no one will help, no one can help, its totally fu’ked up everywhere.

  • Anonymous says:

    Sad… I’m a nikkey myself (born in Brazil, 4th generation, japanese descendants) and I can understand the guy.

    Interesting thing is: our laws are pretty lenient on criminals.
    Brazil is a poor country, but with the right mind he wouldn’t have problems here.

    The people who are really suffering in Brazil nowadays are those without an education… companies actually having problems finding workers due to lack of education.

    In my hometown for instance, a touristic city, travel agencies were always complaining about not finding japanese speaking people to work as tour guide.

    But yeah, I can understand the guy. Since one of my goals in life is moving from Brazil to Japan…

    • Tex_Arcana says:

      I find it hard to believe that he could do okay in Brazil with no contacts at all or without knowing Portuguese.

      When you know another language, that’s an asset, when you know ONLY another language, that’s a liability.

      • the interest thing is: if he came to Brazil not knowing a single word in portuguese and how is our culture, he would surely be beaten and bullied the same way when he was young in Japan. People here adore taking advantages over the foreigners…

        and his story reminds of the movie *a very good one, imo* Worst By Chance. Just replace the brazilian ethnicity by korean one.

    • Anonymous says:

      Brazil is a poor countyr? Since when the 9th richest country in the world is poor?

      There are a lot of social problems, but the country isn’t poor. The rest you wrote is correct though.

      But if your life’s dream is leaving a country that is expected to be the 5th richest country in the world in 15 years to live in a stagnant economy… Suit yourself.

      The guy had a hard time, but he could be very succesful here and bring his family. He wouldn’t be treated as trash.

      Sure, he didn’t know a thing about the country, but the first imigrants that came more than 100 years ago didn’t either and they were mostly succesful.

      • Anonymous says:

        Haha, before talking economics you should first learn the difference between internal product and money per capita.

        Our population is as big as Japan’s and yet they are #2 and we’re #9.

        Not that bad you’d say? Nope, it’s pretty bad, the top 2% richest people in Brazil hold the same share of money that the bottom 50% do.

        Brazil is a poor third world country where the middle class would be “low”class in most first world countries.

  • celcius_01 says:

    I was feeling sad reading the whole article, until i stumbled into the last paragraph:
    “Unfortunately for this man, not being a tearful Japanese schoolgirl…”
    Intentional or not, Artefact, you are funny.

  • Anonymous says:

    A bit sad……..but he still kinda had it coming. Why did you think he was arrested? Why did you think he was deported?

    A criminal is a criminal no matter how you were treated in school.

    Blaming your current deeds on “troubled past” is pure bullshit.

    Feel a bit for him, but pity is drowned out by the fact that he’s a no good law breaker.

  • Moral of the story: be a good citizen and you’ll be alright. Whatever his origins, legal status or whatever, I don’t think he would have had any trouble if he had stayed out of trouble.

    I don’t think it’s that easy to get arrested and sentenced, right? At least I don’t usually go down the street and get arrested and sentenced to 2 years in prison, because I don’t do anything unlawful. I also stay away from bad companies or places. And I think that the same applies to 99.9999% of people living in Japan, and elsewhere

    Except if there is a flagrant mistake or abuse, I don’t pity those who get into trouble with the law

  • Dead is dead. Doesn’t matter where you die or how you die. Adjectives such as “bravery,” “strong willed,” “Japanese spirit,” and “stupidity” are all just words tacked on to allow us – the living – to explain away the situation. The dead have no need of such frivolousness.

    Whats important is to prevent a repeat of such an affair, tho I doubt reform is coming anytime soon in a nation that so loves to view the world in the binary terms of “us” and “them.”

  • Tex_Arcana says:

    His suicide was tragic, but obviously the ballsiest and best thing he could have done for a lot of people likewise stuck. He got to die where he considered home.

    In the end, he showed he was Japanese, after all.

      • Anonymous says:

        @Kortaku 19:38 :

        It’s not the “land” that hated him; it was the people.

        There are many visually beautiful places in the world.

        He could have found another one to go to (use the Web, find the place, check the immigration rules, learn the language… and GO), but it looks like he didn’t try, AND he kinda fucked himself over with other countries by his delinquent/criminal behavior.

        In his situation, he did the best he could.

        I’m soooooooo glad I didn’t grow up in Japan; I’d have been twisted by their culture into a delinquent/criminal (hating all of Japanese society), or into a Fascist (“I was forced to obey, so YOU will be forced to obey!”).

  • TehBoringOne says:

    Well, that sucks… I agree that the guy should have been more intelligent about his life choices and all, but deporting him over his not being Japanese, even while the government permitted him to enter as a Nikkei only comes to show that he was considered a second or third class person in Japan.

    This is not just the typical Japanese xenophobia. It’s a situation created by the government’s self serving and egotistic idiocy.

  • the guy had a pretty rough life so I kinda feel bad for him and his circumstances.

    japan needs some immigration reform but the likelihood of that ever happening anytime soon are slim to none.

    • Anonymous says:

      It makes me wonder how the hell they think they’re going to ever fix their population problems if they keep deporting everyone. -.- Wouldn’t the better thing to do be KEEPING young, cheap labour? I mean they don’t even pay dole to the unemployed after 6 months, so it’s not like they’ll be losing anything if these families are largely unskilled.

  • Immigrant or not, if they already know how the japanese laws works (good or bad) they MUST take in consideration the inevitable consequences, as for this kid I’m sure one of this parents at one point MUST have told him about his situation and so he between everyone else SHOULD HAD BEEN MORE CAREFUL and not a criminal to avoid calling attention and well… I’m not going to say it’s entirely his fault (which most part is BTW) but I’ve always said that anyone who suicides is because they had a weak mind that sooner or later would had done it anyway in any other moment with a lame excuse as being dumped by a girlfriend or “hard” working conditions, etc.

    As for Japan citizenship; if you’re not oficially a japanese, suck it up, bad luck and quit bitching already about the government, harsh rules yes, but still you can do nothing about it unless you’re a loli.

    • Rethardus says:

      Sure, it’s easy to say that, while you’re clearly not even bothering to sympathize.

      Your luxurious life logice does not apply to someone who’s poor and who isn’t socially accepted. Sure, he committed crimes, and I’m not saying that it’s a good thing, but I can totally see where it came from.

      It’s just a vicious circle, if you have a bad life, you’ll likely end up in a marginal environment, if you’re a criminal, people despise you, and it never ends.

      However, did the authorities even take that in account? Nobody could care less, since they’re all xenophobes, to the point that you can even call it racism.

      • Anonymous says:

        oh quit your whining , my grandmother lived though famines (like no food to eat at all ) , had to pick guts with body parts of a stupid brother who tried to disarm mine using hammer and political genocides . And yet she turned out to be a top accountant . people just to fucken spoiled now days

        japs are xenophobic people , thats what they are its their way to live and no eviler then invading countries to bring democracy ; let the be.

        • Anons point is, that there are people who can stand hard situations (good people) and people who break down on them (trash).

          The guy in the article is trash. Never read GTO? And quit sympathizing. It’s not going to change anything. If you don’t want to go out and change things, than shut the hell up and admit, that you care as much about this guy as I do.

          Or even better, read Bokurano (Manga). There you can watch the difference between trash and good people.

          Trash:
          – blames others for their own mistakes
          – won’t face reality –> escapes
          – will harm the weak

          Just to give you a rough image of what I think trash is.

    • Anonymous says:

      Oh, so he should have sucked it up and gone back to a country he barely knew and be taken away from everything he’s ever known in his life, exiled and never return. Can you imagine what it’s like to have your life completely destroyed like that?

      You’re an idiot.

        • oh, and what about all those natives who commit crimes? can they deported?

          no.

          even if they steal trillions from the state, rape, kill and eat toddlers, or torture your cat.

          woops.

        • Anonymous says:

          Imagine being send to a concentration camp just for being jewish. But, what’s wrong with exiling foreigners that commit crimes in your country? It’s like the obvious thing to do.

        • Anonymous says:

          what crimes did he commit?
          traffic crimes? owning drugs?
          since when does that justify exiling someone?

          imagine being sent to some country whose customs and language you dont understand just for driving a scooter and owning some pot

        • Anonymous says:

          He might have committed other crimes but he got busted for motorcycle license. He could own those biker gang styled bikes or he could own scooters. Man, getting deported for driving a scooter to deliver pizza as your job. A scooter.

          How much does license cost? He’s working to pay off debts, he’s not stealing or anything, or he might be delivering the drugs or pizza or drugged pizza.

          Final note, pay your parking fines and traffic violations.

      • Anonymous says:

        The idiot is him, he had the chance to start a new life where no one knew, that he was a criminal sucker. But he chose death anyway. Geez, he was just 25, could have learned the language and started over, but didn’t have the ballz to do so. (Yes, I am aware that the turning into a criminal wasn’t entirely his fault, but who in charge cares about the details anyway?)

        And just take a look at this from a global point of view;
        what’s the problem with some criminal doing suicide? It’s not like he is worth as much as an working member of society. We got enough human material, if some dirt is cleaned we should be happy, right? Well, no. Cause we’re humans with emotions and stuff. So we try to deceive us into believing all humans are equal, which just isn’t true at all.

        • Anonymous says:

          Anon from 20:43 again, aka Chen.

          Sure, you can choose to believe people start life all the same, but it doesn’t really matter. People are all different. (The fact that your opinion differs from mine is btw proving my point.)
          If you can ask the question why he should live in the new country, I assume you are prepared to ask why he should live in the first place. Or why you, I or any other human should live. Yep, no reason at all. Our life is pointless. Go ahead, just commit suicide. I won’t care. Committing suicide is the easy way out. If you call this way honorable, weak or something else is up to you. I probably would do it too, but I am bound by to many human beings, that depend on me, so I can’t. I have a responsibility, no goal, just a responsibility. So I’m kind of trash, too. (I refer to people who can’t find a meaning in their life as trash.)

          Who cares what you are or what you do or what others did to you. In the end you are responsible for the things you do. Personally, I would prefer a society, where we could put human trash to good use, like forcing them to do work in hospitals, facing death each day, so they may find a meaning in their puny lives. But well, it’s capitalism right now, so human trash will just be ignored.

          Gettin readers like you to sympathise with one silly human being is the thing media does. Don’t you feel ashamed to let this article manipulate you that easily? I’m neither insensitive, nor am I a bastard. Just your average poster from the interwebz and not trying to make sense.

        • Anonymous says:

          regardless, that is still kinda harsh. importance or not, it did sound like he had a hard life, and what was he going to do in brazil? probably commit even more crimes and maybe murder someone.

          I do believe if someone was really going to kill themselves, the would do it regardless of who tries to stop him, but he didnt have much going for him anyway.

          It’s the same as us being shipped off to China or soemthing on a damn technicality. would you want to live there, not knowing any any of the language and probably never even going to?

          sometimes it does take a strong mind to up and deal with shit instead of killing yourself. but some people, maybe like this guy it’s one of the better alternatives in cases like this.

          and people’s lives are not equal regardless of what anyone says. do you value hard core criminals as much as celebs? the world is fucked up enough as it is. did he really influence anyone’s lives aside from those that knew him? He most likely did not make much of an impact.

          If this news was not on Sankaku Complex, would we have even been aware? geez i’d just reall;y love to see this story happen to a celeb just to see the sympathtic reaction. then again you can only berate a person enough until you realize it’s too late

        • Anonymous says:

          insensitive bastard, that guy must have it harsh all his life up to that point, you could say that in a new country he could sway his past away and start all over again, but what for? keep living? to what end? you obviously cant see that we in fact are all equal in that we all start our lives in the same way, wanting to have a family to support us, our first foothold. There being criminals not caring for ppl around and taking their own lives thus saving us the trouble to deal with them doesnt mean they are all the same cases.

          taking your own life is weak, i wanna see you doing it dude, regardless reason. There were the times when taking your own life meant great honor and deserve respect, but in the end was a way out after all. Anyways, since when running away means weak.

      • Anonymous says:

        I like Malaysians in general and their food, but I’m deeply ashamed of how the people in authority( especially malays ) abuse their administrative powers over people.So badly that even the internet speed to price ratio is fucked up.

        • Anonymous says:

          Xenophobia and racism are often bedfellows. I would say that Xenophobia is just advanced Racism, (You’re white but not American, you’re Asian but not Japanese, you’re black but not Nigerian, so on and so forth.)

          It all stems from the way Japanese(the language) works; The outsider is lower than you. This is the basis for Keigo(Honorific Language) and gets applied to the culture as a whole. The thing is that with foreigners, we’re always going to be outsiders, and thus lower.

      • Anonymous says:

        Not only in Japan though. I have read similar stories/cases in Australia so damn often. And yeah, they off themselves when they realised they will never be able to stay in Australia.

        • Anonymous says:

          Crazy hard up fucker had to too much cement I’ll say…

          All I am saying is that this is not a phenomenal that only exists in Japan but in other places as well, example being Australia.

          And the people who are in detention centres are not illegal immigrants but genuine political refugees. Illegal immigrants get deported asap anyway. (I honestly doubt your ability to read or understand the news. Maybe you spend too much time on projecting your tough red-neck depositions)

          If by your logic, your parents would have been locked up in a detention centre and not allowed to leave. Might even stayed there for 7 years. Be subjected to jail like conditions and abuse from the guards. Who knows? They might kill themselves like the many who can’t take the abuse and kill themselves… But oh wait! Detainees who kill themselves while being shat on by the government are weaklings and they deserved whatever gets meted out to them because the country is being kind by detaining them right?

          You need to know that you exist because your parents were lucky that they arrived in Australia before the detention policies exist. You are just being blindly defensive just because someone said something about your great ole country. But all I am merely stating is that the detention policies is senseless and a downright bad idea. Many reports illustrate how terrible the conditions are, you can’t make up the atrocities that happened there.

          As for you thinking about how awesome Australia is treating its refugees, you need to read up on the Scandinavians’. But you don’t seem like the educated type so… yeah, just keep to your little red-neck views and make the yearly summernats your top priority.

          Anyway, thank god the detention centres are getting phased out by the Rudd government.

        • Anonymous says:

          Why are you complaining? Australia takes in more immigrants/refugees then most countries. They let my parents stay on PR visas after tiananmen square incident in China.

          And I don’t see why the illegal immigrants get to complain. They have food to eat, place to sleep, internet, tv and telephone. Now if they were coming from a shithole like they claim, it would be paradise.

          Yet, you have the media playing up sob stories about the conditions of the detention centres, how they are being processed off shore and their internet isn’t quick enough. Its all fuckin’ given to them for FREE!

          They and you should eat a couple tablespoons of cement and HARDEN the FUCK UP!

        • Anonymous says:

          Yeah, 1996. Talking about now though, definitely not a walk in the park… Just follow the current news. Remember all the lead up during John Howard versus Kevin Rudd? The media played up so many of the immigration detention jail tragedies.

        • Anonymous says:

          Hahaha I call bullshit… Didn’t you follow all the detention centre tragedies/cases? And no, you need to fulfil a long list of requirements if you want to migrate as a skilled migrant (the stupid points system). And if you are talking about political refugees, there are all sorts or hurdles that you have to cross, and before that you get a holiday stay in one of those detention centres/jails. It was easy to migrate there in the past but the government is trying to stem this.

        • mikejacobs14 says:

          I haven’t heard of anyone offing themselves here yet (I’m in Australia), and you do know we take in more immigrants than average, and you only have to stay in Australia for 2 years and can read and write basic english, you will be able to citizenship, unlike some countries.

      • a lolicon says:

        It’s not limited to race.

        If you have an ancestor who worked as a leatherworker some 400 years ago, tough luck; you’re vermin to “[i]the proper members of society.[/i]”

        It’s an idiocracy, I tell you.

      • That’s real patriotism right there.

        Having lived your whole life in a country and to realize that you were never ‘part’ of that country, where do you go?

        This kinda reminds me of biological parent cases. Your biological parents wants you back, but the only real parents you’ve even known was the family you were adopted into.

        God bless him and Noriko…

        • As a Brazilian International Relations student currently employed as a business interpreter and as someone who has lived in Europe for two years, I must say I disagree with all of you who say life here is shit.

          You haven’t taken a step outside this country or bothered to talk to the average citizen of any of the so-called developed countries, interacting online only with foreigners who are essentially similar to you but far from representing a major national identity.

          Anyone’s prolonged stay in a country is not limited to economics, politics or pop culture. Identifying with a place and feeling connected to it is also about general views on life, the kind of work you can do and the kind of social role you’re given to play. Suggesting that the US would offer a closer (and therefore better) alternative to the Japanese way of life is an absurd opinion based only on economic power and completely oblivious to the practical side of a nation’s culture.

          If you really understood how life really is in other places of the planet, you’d have an idea of how big is the disservice you are doing to Brazil, and how that mentality not only screws up the image foreigners have of us but also your participation in Brazilian affairs.

          tl;dr: your comments on Japanese and Brazilian lifestyles are silly and untrue and that makes you ignorant.

        • Anonymous says:

          Not the guy you are replying to but it is not xenophobic to consider solutions to the problem other than killing yourself.

          Japan isn’t changing their immigration policies any time soon and suicide is less than ideal. I agree that japan is at fault here, their government is a nearly criminal mess. It is wrong to deport someone that has lived their entire life in a country but I think it’s shortsighted to decide that with that your life is over and that’s that.

          People migrate and learn new languages all the time, it may not become ‘home’ but it sure as hell could be a fine enough solution to find yourself a nice foster home of sorts.

        • Anonymous says:

          “Well instead of going back to Brazil, I think he might be able to go to one of the Japanese societies in other countries such as the U.S.”

          You are so xenophobic as the Japanese that made him a criminal. He didn’t know a single world in English too, the matter is not the country where he was being deported, but the fact to be deported.
          U say it like he killed himself in order to avoid going to Brazil due fear of the country or something.

        • Anonymous says:

          Well instead of going back to Brazil, I think he might be able to go to one of the Japanese societies in other countries such as the U.S.

          It beat committing suicide, and it’s probably the closest he could get to a regular Japanese life outside of Japan. =/

        • Anonymous says:

          It’s unfortunate that people cannot become full citizens regardless of birth or of how long they’ve been there but if you’ve been causing problems and denied your visa due to those problems then its your own fault.

        • Anonymous says:

          You idiots don’t realize the sad irony of this situation, outcast in school thanks to a xenophobic culture yet loyal to the end and then finally hanging himself cause Japan never really wanted him in the first place.

        • NakkiNyan says:

          That is what I was going to say too.he knew this was a possible outcome if he didn’t renew his visa and yet he continued to break laws. I have no pity for him what so ever.

          I even think if you are in a country and not a citizen your visa can be revoked by a judge whether it is up for renewal or not. I am not saying that if someone gets a speeding ticket they should be deported immediately, that is asinine, but if you are a repeat offender or in serious enough trouble that you are in prison then it is completely warranted.

  • I dont understand why he did’nt go to Brazil, i live in Brazil and here… Man, if we think about it is not so different from USA, of course as a 3rd world country we have more problems involving our politicians (and their abuses against the population, the bureaucracy of the public departments, the absurdres taxes and the corruption, but in America also have this, in lesser extent) than America.

    I already live in Japan and in Brazil, both countries have their own way of do things. In Japan we live a more simple and just life (because there the system works, not like in all Latin America countries [except maybe Chile]), but live in Brazil is not bad at all too.
    And in Japan the system works more for japanese people only, in Brazil NOT, as the most interbred country in the world EVERYBODY from EVERY NATION has the same chance to live in their equal way.

    If he don’t go here just because he don’t know anything about portuguese, guess it, here has the most largest japanese community outside japan in the whole world. If he goes to Liberdade Avenue in Sao Paulo, he will see basically a Japan outside Japan, i know many and many people who can’t speak a single world in portuguese but live their lives just OK…

    But i still pretend to go back to Japan someday, i’m not a ‘dekasegi’, i’m not a japanese brazillian, but it’s good to know that no matter the country you are, life goes on no matter what…

  • Anonymous says:

    Read this and think twice before saying that you love Japan without even knowing it, retard otakus and weaboos, JAPAN DON’T LOVE YOU.

    Such a sad story… It’s not his fault for what happened to him, in the end it was a bad luck…

    • You know it is entierly possible to love something despite it’s very obvious flaws. I still want to live in Japan (for reasons mainly Culinary and Otaku related) even though I’ll be stuck in perminant resident status for the rest of my life and looked upon as a menace by the Japanese Government. I would still also consider Brazil as a place to live (for reasons of Music, Capoeira and Culinary) even though crime and poverty are rampant (expecialy in the slums known as Favelas).

      Besides, the words you’re using make me think that the People have the same mindset as the Government that rules them. That is NOT the case. Sure, someone like me (an Italian, Black, American Indian New Yorker) will be hated by the Japanese Government, I’m under no illusions concerning that. But making friends and getting people who don’t regard me as “just another Gaijin menace” who are INDIVIDUALS, is possible, and as long as that’s possible, I don’t care what the Government will think of me.

      • Anonymous says:

        (expecialy in the slums known as Favelas).

        I’ll tell u a secret there are a few favelas in Brazil, most of them in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. And guess what, Brazil is the fifth largest country in the world, why the hell would u choose to live near favelas? There are dangerous places in mid-sized city in every country of the world. U have just to know where to live. Plus, 90% of the brazilians will never see a favela with their own eyes.

    • A friendo of mine lived on Japan when he was little and he suffered the same shit… his nick was “Burajiru niisei”(Brazzilian nissei) and treated him really bad… bully and all….

      Japan has a cool culture and all… but its not all good and happy stuff indeed….