Hundreds of children have been left behind as orphans in Japan after their mothers were expelled for living in the country illegally, according to a Yomiuri Shimbun article. Because the children have no passports, they are not allowed to leave. But they're not considered Japanese citizens, either. "Although they have no choice other than to remain in Japan, they are not legally entitled to work or to take out insurance in Japan unless they acquire special residency, which is only available under exceptional circumstances."

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