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As far as reported in the Japanese and English media, the Calderon family has been staying in this country illegally for over 10 years. From a human point of view, it is of course more than regrettable that they will now be deported with their daughter unable to speak Wikang Filipino. However, instead of complaining about xenophobia and inhuman treatment as Donald Seekins does, one should stick to the legal facts.

Neither the Japanese legislator nor the Japanese judicial system is to blame for the unknown future that awaits the family once deported. The only people to be truly blamed for hurting Noriko Calderon’s future are her parents! The ruling has nothing to do with xenophobia or discrimination.

For the truth’s sake, her parents not only entered Japan in the early 1990s on different people’s passports but also stayed in the country until caught without telling their daughter that they were here illegally. Shame on her parents! Japan is doing the most it can in considering whether to issue special permission for their daughter to reside here so that she can get a proper education. Her parents should go back to the Philippines, work hard and send money back to Japan to support their daughter.

franz pichler

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