We have dealt with between 20 and 30 cases annually for the past three decades. According to recent data, cases involving Japanese nationals with mental disorders have recently been on the rise.
The cases listed below are the most commonly seen at the Zendo Department.
(1) Mental disorders or insanity
(2) Tackling criminal and civil cases
(3) Necessary preparation for coping with the deaths and suicides of Japanese nationals
(4) Dealing with fraud, theft, fake guides, and other fraudulent activities
(5) Other problems
(6) Providing support for those who have been deported, for those who have been prosecuted, or who have been imprisoned, as well as providing financial assistance to those who have lost their livelihoods because of the incarceration, as well as financial assistance to those who have lost their livelihoods because of natural disasters
(7) Survivor pension procedures
(8) Medical guide
In terms of Japanese who reside in Thailand for one reason or another, there are certainly many who stay for a long time with problems, but on the other hand, there are also many Japanese who come to Thailand for specific purpose(s).
This is a large population of long-term residents in Japan, including those who have personal or political issues with the people of Thailand, those who have stayed illegally for years or decades with expired visas, those who have absconded due to an incident, and those who have fallen on hard times as a result of a robbery.
Most of the people who come to us are hoping for assistance, but the Embassy is unable to assist every single one of them, and intervening in individual Japanese interests, civil or criminal cases, is difficult for us. A great majority of the issues the Japanese find themselves embroiled in can be attributed to a lack of familiarity with Thai culture, customs, language, etc., and our team is capable of resolving these issues with our Thai legal representatives.