The government on Monday forcibly deported 32 Thais, 10 Vietnamese and an Afghan — some of whom were asylum seekers — who were alleged to have illegally stayed in Japan, the Ministry of Justice said Tuesday.

A total of 43 people who had "ignored deportation orders" were repatriated the day before on a specially chartered plane from Tokyo International Airport, an immigration official from the Justice Ministry announced.

The mass deportation comprised 25 males, 16 females and two children under the age of 20. One of the deported was over 61 years of age. The official said many were working in Japan.