[Hot News] “Dreams Come True in Japan!” Parade by Undocumented Children


Children seeking their rights
APFS is conducted “A 100 Days Campaign for Making Children’s Dream Come True” since August 29 2015. We’ve done various activities in a row, such as “Children’s Conference”, “Petition to Diet Members”, ”Postcard Action” ”The Press conference at the Foreign Correspondents Club of Japan”, and ”Launching supporting groups for the children”.
The Parade was the closing activity of the “100-day Campaign” and the undocumented children, their family and supporters paraded in Shibuya at 14:00 – 15:00 on December 20, 2015, to let more people know about their situation.

Although the children joined the parade were born and grew up in Japan, they don’t have status of residence. They don’t even know if they will be able to continue staying in Japan or forced to go back to their “home country”, so they can’t make future plans to make their dreams come true.

Some of the children felt difficulty to expose themselves on the street, but they encouraged each other to join the parade for letting more people know about them, to change their situation.
We appealed “Ministry of Justice should give visa to the children!”, “Don’t deport families!” and “Don’t separate children and parents!”

Shibuya just before Christmas was crowded with people who came for shopping, and we could appeal to them that there were many undocumented children who want to make their dreams come true.
Based on the results of our activities so far, APFS wants to work together with the children to find ways to enable as many of them to stay in Japan as possible.