Noriko Calderon, who attends a junior high school in Warabi, Saitama Prefecture, said she had believed she was Japanese until her 38-year-old mother, Sarah, was arrested in July 2006 for not having a visa and the family was ordered to leave Japan.
“Leaving Japan, the country where I was born and raised, is not something I could ever imagine,” Noriko Calderon said at a news conference in Tokyo, wiping away tears with a handkerchief.
If Calderon is deported to the Philippines, she would have to start elementary school over because she does not understand Tagalog, according to Shogo Watanabe, a lawyer representing the family. (Japan Times)
Immigration authorities Thursday extended the temporary permission to stay for a Filipino girl and her parents to Jan 14, while holding off a decision over their request that the government issue them a special permission for residence. The Tokyo Regional Immigration Bureau’s decision comes after Arlan Calderon, 36, and his wife Sarah, 38, neither of whom has a legitimate visa, submitted petitions to the government last week, seeking special permission for residence so that their 13-year-old daughter, Noriko, who was born and raised in Japan, can continue her studies in Japan. (Japan Today)
Noriko Calderon said, “I would like to continue staying in Japan and open a dance school with my best friend from school and become a dance instructor in the future.” (Associated Press)
Filipino girl born and raised in Japan faces deportation (Japan Probe)
Filipino girl asks gov’t to let her continue studying in Japan (Associated Press)
Filipino girl born and raised in Japan submits petition to avoid deportation (Mainichi)
Filipino girl petitions to stay, keep studying (Japan Times)
Filipino girl gets extension of stay, but yet to gain residence permit (Japan Today)
Noriko Calderon allowed to stay in Japan (for now) (Japan Probe)
Update: Justice Minister Eisuke Mori, who oversees immigration, told reporters: “I have decided not to grant a special residential permit to the entire family.”
A leading human rights lawyer handling the case said the immigration bureau had told the parents they had until 27 February to choose a departure date.
The Japan-born daughter of a Filipino family that has been ordered deported, held a press conference Monday in the wake of her father’s detainment by immigration authorities.
“I want my father back now,” Noriko Calderon, 13, said through tears at the judicial press club. “I still want all three of us to stay in Japan. That hasn’t changed.”