The immigration authorities have deported a Nepalese man who allegedly taught about 100 Nepalese nationals how to file "disguised" applications for refugee status so that they can work in Japan, The Yomiuri Shimbun has learned.
The immigration authorities detained and questioned the 30-year-old Nepalese broker on suspicion of assisting illegal employment in violation of the Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Law in November last year.
Currently, foreigners can legally work in the country while applications for refugee status are being processed.
The number of applications for refugee status surged to a provisional figure of about 5,000 in 2014, a nearly five-fold increase from five years ago.
The immigration authorities have launched investigation, believing that those disguised applications for refugee status are rampant.
It is the first time that the immigration authorities have taken legal action against a broker who abused Japan's refugee application system.