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Twelve foreigners who have overstayed their visas will be allowed to stay in Japan after applying for residents’ status in September, Justice Minister Hideo Usui said Friday.
The 12 are part of a group of 21 who publicly approached immigration authorities in September. It is the first time the government has issued permits to foreigners in these circumstances. Usually foreigners who have overstayed their visas will only be granted permission to continue residing in Japan if they have Japanese relatives.

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