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Thursday, November 11, 2004

Japan: Immigration center refuses to open medical record of ex-detainee

from Japan Today:

OSAKA — An immigration detention center in Osaka Prefecture has refused to release the medical record of a man even though he needs it to receive medical treatment after being released from the facility, his supporters said Thursday.

The 38-year-old man from the Middle East arrived in Japan in 1990, and was taken into custody and detained in June last year at the Nishi-Nihon Immigration Center in Ibaraki, Osaka Prefecture, on suspicion of overstaying his visa, the supporters said, adding that he later told center authorities he was having trouble sleeping and was examined by a doctor, who gave him sleeping pills. The doctor asked to see his medical record from the immigration center but was rejected. (Kyodo News)

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