As Japan increases its efforts to crack down on illegal foreigners residing within the country, the number of Chinese citizens deported back to the port of Shanghai has significantly increased. China’s border inspection authority revealed recently that as of mid-November, 34 Chinese nationals were deported this year, a 55% increase over 2011. Lu Jun, a press officer that oversees inspection at the Shanghai Port, says Japan is looking for those living or working illegally in the country.
Lu says that the most common scenario for Chinese deportees is that they didn’t have a visa, they were sent back to China after spending time in jail, or they were caught during a routine inspection of working without the proper paperwork. One of the most recent deportees was a man who was arrested for theft and had just been released after spending the last four years in Japan in prison.
Still in his 20s, the young man was granted a six-month visa in 2007 in order to study at a language school. As the period ended, the school refused to renew the visa on the grounds that he was spending more time working than at school. He staying in the country even after the visa expired, until his arrest in 2008. Another example was a Chinese person who spent nearly two years in a Japanese prison for trying to acquire a visa with counterfeit documents in 2009. After returning to China, the unnamed person admits that it is much better for those looking to work or live in Japan to apply via legal methods and obey all the country’s laws.
[via Global Times]