Japanese man overstayed Taiwan visa by 36 years

NIA is preparing to send 82-year-old Hori back to Japan

Taiwan News
Date: 2019/11/22
By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

A Japanese man (left) overstayed his visa by 36 years (photo by Yuli Police). (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The National Immigration Agency (NIA) is preparing to send a man home to Japan who overstayed his visa by 36 years while living in the Hualien County countryside.

The 82-year-old, surnamed Hori (堀), had been living in a modest dwelling up on a hill in Fuli, in the far south of Hualien County, the Central News Agency reported.

His presence came to light after a resident reported an elderly man had been living in poverty, and local police visited him. They found he had entered Taiwan in 1983 on a tourist visa and had never left or applied for a residency permit.

As he could not speak Chinese, Hori reportedly explained in broken English how he had launched a mining venture which went wrong, and stayed in Taiwan doing odd jobs afterward.

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