3 Deportation

Foreign nationals who violate certain provisions of the Immigration Control Act, including illegally overstaying, etc., face deportation procedures (including departure order procedures; hereinafter the same in this subsection) that enforce their deportation from Japan. The number of foreign nationals for whom deportation procedures were taken in 2009 was 32,661 (down 17.1% from the previous year). By type of violation, illegally overstaying was the largest at 25,503 (78.1%), followed by illegal entry at 5,373 (16.5%), and engaging in activities other than permitted under their status of residence at 810 (2.5%). By their nationality, etc., those from China were the largest in number at 29.2%, followed by the Philippines at 19.5%, and the Republic of Korea at 12.0% (Source: The Immigration Bureau, Ministry of Justice).