The report of our activities and request for donations this summer


a foreign member who works for volunteer activity in Rikuzentakata city Iwate Pref. on April 2013

A.P.F.S. would like to thank all of you for your warm support and understanding of our activities. We, A.P.F.S. have been supporting the foreign 17 families and 3 individuals, 34 people in total, who are currently undocumented foreigners for their special permission for residence. According to recent statistics, the number of foreigners who live in Japan without residential status has been decreasing (62,009 undocumented foreign residents as of January 2013), however, what is sure is that there are still those people who desperately seek for their special permission for residence.

A.P.F.S. has done such activities as “a Parade in Ginza” (November 2012), “a Human Chain” (December 2012), and presenting the petition to the office of the Prime Minister to demand special permissions for residence.

In May 2013, we also held “One Week Sit-in Action” in front of Tokyo Immigration Office. This was the idea from the undocumented foreigners themselves, and so they took the initiative in this action. Their action captured attentions of Japanese media. TBS, the Asahi Shimbun newspaper, and the Japan Times reported it in news.

In order for them to gain special permissions for residence, we, once again, need to generate a great deal of attention on their issues from our society. As an additional action, we plan an activity this summer that the children involved in the issue can deliver their voices to the society. We will continue to call on our society to seek for their permission living in Japan.

Another important update is in regard to Ghanaian citizen Abubakar Awudu Suraj’s case of death as he was being deported from Japan. A lawsuit claiming damages against Japanese government and Immigration Department officials has entered the final stretch. The examination of witnesses to the Immigration Department officials who sent Suraj to death will be held in the Tokyo district court room 706 from 10:00am to 5:00pm on Friday, September 13th, 2013. Each observer in the court lends great power to this case. Please do come join us.

We are happy to announce that we have restarted “A.P.F.S. Disaster Aid Project” since April 2013. We went to Rikuzentakata city & Ofunato city in Iwate prefecture with 6 foreign residents. They made footbaths for the elderly, bed of flowers, and did tree trimming. Their work seemed to please the local residents especially as the population in the disaster areas has aged. We heard someone say “Right after the earthquake, I just struggled to live. But after 2 years, now I can shed tears.” They will need more mental care support, and we think there are many things that our foreign members can do for them. A.P.F.S. plans to send them to disaster areas 3 times a year to help out

In addition to the activities above, we provide various kinds of consultation services on a daily basis. We have made the best effort to minimize the overhead including staff cost. However, our financial condition is still tight to maintain full time staff and our activities. Since our organization relies on the generosity of individuals like you, we write to ask you to consider a donation to our cause. A donor payment form is enclosed for your convenience. We hope that you will help support our efforts.

Thank you in advance for your generosity.

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