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Duped into divorce: Foreign nationals plead for help in Japan

Many unwittingly divorced under "easy" system

Around 11,000 marriages between Japanese people and foreign nationals ended in divorce in 2018, according to Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare statistics. 

TOKYO -- The plight of foreign nationals in Japan who have been divorced against their wishes is being exposed as the country opens up to more immigration, and the justice ministry is reaching out to help.

A recent move to provide English translations and outlines of relevant laws came amid reports from organizations providing consultation services that they receive regular complaints from non-Japanese residents.

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