Justice Minister Hideo Usui on Monday granted special residence permission to four members of an Iranian family who have overstayed their visas, the third time such permission has been granted to foreigners. The minister had granted similar permission by issuing long-term visas to a family of three Iranians on Feb. 2, and two other Iranian families with a total of nine members last Wednesday.
All four families are part of a group of foreigners who jointly applied for special permission to remain in Japan on Sept. 1.

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