Justice Minister Hideo Usui granted special residence permission Wednesday to two Iranian families totaling nine members, who are part of a 21-member group of foreigners who overstayed their visas and appealed for residency in September.
Wednesday’s decision followed the first occasion on which the minister granted such status to foreigners who overstayed visas and do not have Japanese relatives — granted to another Iranian family with three members — a week earlier. The status, considered to be the last resort for foreigners with expired visas who are not eligible for any other kind of visas, has previously been issued solely to such foreigners with Japanese relatives.

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