Overstayers by definition are in Japan illegally and thus are criminals in that they have broken the law. Those acknowledged as not having the right to stay are usually not problematic as long as they do not break the law. Nevertheless, the vast majority are not enrolled in national health insurance. When admitted to hospitals in Japan, they often have no means to pay. Often taxes on earned income are not paid either if they are employed “under the radar.”
Japan’s hospitals are in grave financial danger today, and adding this financial burden is an excessive strain. The amount of uncompensated health care provided to overstayers is a multibillion yen loss in revenue to Japan’s hospitals. The simplistic view that Japan must show a human face to such immigrants is naive.
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