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A memorial service was held on Sunday to commemorate the first anniversary of the death of a Sri Lankan woman who died while in custody at an immigration center in Japan last year amid nationwide calls to review Japan’s detention system for those facing deportation.

Around 50 people braved the rain and wind to attend the Buddhist service in Aichi Prefecture for Ratnayake Liyanage Wishma Sandamali, including her 27-year-old sister Poornima, as well as some people who had previously been held at the Nagoya Regional Immigration Services Bureau, where Wishma had been detained.

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