A Bangladeshi man once deported from Japan staged a protest Friday in front of the Justice Ministry, slamming the government for not allowing him back quickly enough to spend time with his Japanese wife as she died of cancer and for telling him he must now leave the country where she is buried.

With tears streaming down his face, Mohammad Mizanur Rahman, 37, spoke angrily of how the government took four months to give him a special three-month visa even though he repeatedly had explained to the Justice Ministry and the Japanese Embassy in Dhaka that his wife had only a few months left to live.

Rahman flew to Japan in September as soon as the visa was issued — and had one week with Yoshiko before she died of stomach cancer.

“During that week, every second was precious,” Rahman said. “If only the Immigration Bureau had given me permission earlier, we would have had a little more time to spend together.”

Rahman had been deported to Bangladesh in 2000 after overstaying his visa. Yoshiko, his girlfriend at the time, flew to Bangladesh to be with him and the two later married.

Because the immigration law requires deportees to wait five years before reapplying for another visa, the couple spent the first few years of their marriage in Bangladesh.

Just when Rahman and Yoshiko had one more year to go before he could reapply, Yoshiko fell ill and returned to Japan, where she was diagnosed with terminal cancer in April.

She died on Sept. 14.

“Now that she is gone, the immigration officials are saying I have no more reason to be here,” Rahman said, explaining that he has been told he must leave the country by Feb. 6. “But her grave is here and I want to be able to visit her anytime. How can I just forget her and leave?”

Rahman, dressed in mourning, stood outside the ministry holding up photographs of his wife, including one taken during her final week.

He is planning on staging more protests at the ministry, the Diet building and Immigration Bureau until he has to leave.

According to an Immigration Bureau official, once a Japanese spouse has died, the foreign partner must either leave the country before the visa expires or change the visa status, such as from spouse to working visa.

The official said that it would be extremely difficult to obtain a visa on the grounds that a person’s husband or wife was buried here.

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