• Kyodo


A Peruvian man detained for two years by immigration authorities for overstaying his visa has been released on parole, his lawyers said Friday.

The Nishi-Nihon Immigration Center, in Ibaraki, Osaka Prefecture, paroled Mario Arriola Giraldo, 42, who had been detained since June 2000.

In 1993, Giraldo visited Japan with his wife, Sonia, and his eldest daughter on a short-term tourist visa. But after the visa expired, the family continued to stay in Tatsuno, Hyogo Prefecture, while working illegally. Two more daughters were born to the couple in Japan.

In January 1999, he filed a request with the Kobe branch of the Osaka Regional Immigration Bureau seeking special residential status to take care of his family, but his request was rejected, according to the lawyers.

Giraldo and his family were all detained the following June by immigration authorities. His wife and children were soon released, but Giraldo continued to be detained. The immigration authorities also issued an order for his deportation.

His family filed a suit with the Kobe District Court seeking to have the detention order lifted in August the same year.

The Kinki federation of bar associations recommended in March that immigration authorities parole Giraldo on the grounds that his right to live with his family had been violated.

64,000-signature bid

OSAKA — Teachers at an elementary school here and parents of students collected some 64,000 signatures in support of a South Korean woman and her two children seeking permission to stay in Japan and submitted them Friday to the Osaka District Court.

Ko Un Yol, 36; her daughter, Lee Yuki, 9; and son, 5; filed a lawsuit at the district court in November to seek cancellation of a government decision in August to reject their applications for special permission to remain in the country. The woman came to Japan 10 years ago.

The move prompted the teachers at Yuki’s school and the parents of students there to support the family through the signature collection in cooperation with citizens’ groups.

“The children will not be able to receive appropriate education in South Korea, as they cannot understand the Korean language,” the supporters said in a statement.

A lawyer representing the family said, “The signatures show they have been accepted in their neighborhoods. I expect the judges to appreciate this.”

The supporters submitted some 17,000 signatures to Justice Minister Mayumi Moriyama on May 17.

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