The Boy Without a Country: Tokyo's Painful Exclusion of Immigrants

Article written by 2013 Abe Fellowship for Journalists recipient Jessica Weisberg, based on her project "Japan's New Immigration Policy.

In Japan, paths to immigration and citizenship are limited. Jessica Weisberg takes an in-depth look at the case of Utinan, an undocumented teenage boy of Thai descent born in Japan. Caught in a legal grey area and his home country’s bureaucratic web, this story illuminates one of Japan’s most vexing issues today . While covered extensively in Japan, this case is almost unknown in the US, and Weisberg's reporting on local organizing efforts, drawn out court battles, and personal struggles weave a memorable, complex long-form piece.

Title
The Boy Without a Country: Tokyo's Painful Exclusion of Immigrants
Author
Weisberg, Jessica
Published
Harper's Magazine, April 2017
On the web
Citation
Weisberg, Jessica, The Boy Without a Country: Tokyo's Painful Exclusion of Immigrants (Harper's Magazine, April 2017), http://harpers.org/archive/2017/04/the-boy-without-a-country/.