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Pakistani man files suit vs. gov't for right to stay in Japan, care for sick wife

Mohammad Sadiq, a Pakistani man who has been living in Japan on provisional release from an immigration detention center, is seen in Atsugi, Kanagawa Prefecture, in this June 18, 2019 file photo. (Mainichi/Jun Kaneko)

TOKYO -- A 55-year-old Pakistani man filed a lawsuit on Aug. 19 against the Japanese government in his fight to remain in the country and care for his wife, who has cancer.

In the lawsuit filed with the Tokyo District Court, Mohammad Sadiq, a resident of Atsugi, Kanagawa Prefecture, is seeking special permission to stay in Japan, arguing that the government is acting illegally by not granting him a status of residence on humanitarian grounds. He was notified by the Immigration Services Agency in July this year that he would be deported in the last week of August.

"The only thing I can do is try my best for my wife," Sadiq told reporters at a news conference the same day.

According to the complaint, Sadiq arrived in Japan about 30 years ago. He worked in the country without a residence status until he was apprehended in 2007. He married Chinese national Liu Yun Jie, now 59, while he was being held in an immigration detention center. They began living together when Sadiq was granted provisional release in 2009, but Liu was diagnosed with breast cancer five years ago.

Sadiq's filing stated that if he is deported, he will be unable to support his wife as she continues her battle against cancer, thus endangering her life.

A tearful Liu told the news conference, "I want to live together (with my husband) in Japan."

An Immigration Services Agency representative commented, "We would like to examine the content of the lawsuit and respond appropriately."

(Japanese original by Jun Kaneko, City News Department)

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