You’ve probably all heard the story about Michael Q Todd, the dolphin-botherer-botherer who got nicked in Taiji for not having a passport and chucked in the Gaijin Gulag (© CJ). When the story first broke I had a soupçon of sympathy for him as he apparently had a fiance and a child in Tokyo, but now it has all vaporized. An update on his fundraising page says (scroll to the bottom):
Michael is in Japan on a tourist visa.
His LinkedIn profile suggests that he has been running a company for seven months – two tourist visas plus an overstay, perhaps – in Tokyo. Strike One!
Michael knew his Japanese visitor’s visa was going to expire and [his fiancé] reports that he had applied for an extension.
You cannot extend a visitor’s visa except in exceptional circumstances, or by doing a visa run… Strike Two!
Before he connected with the Canadian filmmakers, he was then asked to produce his passport by the authorities. He could not produce it as he had left his passport in Yokohama where he has lived with [his fiancé].
Not carrying your passport as required by law. Strike Three!
Perhaps after deportation he can ask Christopher Johnson to write up his case?