Noriko Calderon (Japanese-Filipino) Story


Several months have passed since Noriko’s parents were deported and Noriko was granted special residency. Noriko is now living with her aunt, a legal resident of Japan whose husband in Japanese. Noriko is still attending school, but her friends say she seems very sad and depressed. Sometimes Noriko doesn’t want to go home and asks to stay the night at her friends’ houses.

Noriko says she is very lonely, but she is replacing that loneliness with a drive to succeed. Life is difficult for her right now, but she must carry on and not give up.

The news grew travels to Manila to interview Noriko’s parents. The streets of their neighborhood are full of unemployed people and street children. Her father would like to see his daughter, but he still hasn’t found a job in the Philippines. They do not want to show their daughter the poverty in which they must now live.

Later in August, Noriko flew to Manila to see her parents for the first time in 4 months. They speak Japanese to each other and Noriko presents them with a bag of natto she brought from Japan. Noriko is happy to see them, but she’s also feeling down about having to leave them again.

At the time the news report was filmed, Noriko’s parents were still unemployed. Perhaps to emphasize their situation, they took the Japanese reporter on a walk that included the nearby slums. It is the first time that Noriko has witnessed the poverty that exists in the Philippines and what kind of a situation she would have been forced to live in if the Japanese government had not decided to grant her permission to stay in Japan.

They interviewed Noriko again when she returned from her 2-week stay in the Philippines. Her trip made her realize that being born in Japan and growing up here has made her consider herself Japanese.

At the end of the report, the news anchors discuss what they have just seen. They note that illegal immigrants should be deported, but that the children of such illegal immigrants have not knowingly broken laws. Such cases deserve special attention and the government should carefully consider the circumstances of the children in each individual case.


3 Responses to “Noriko Calderon (Japanese-Filipino) Story”

  1. 1 ejay1 October 20, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    have no sympathy for this girl…does she hate being filipino that much???

  2. 2 ejay1 October 20, 2009 at 5:14 pm

    And why does Japan only show the bad parts of the Philippines like Tondo or Smoky Mountain??? why not show the happy faces of people living in the provinces of Visayas or Mindanao…or the middle class neighborhoods in Alabang or Makati

  3. 3 onigirisensei October 20, 2009 at 9:21 pm

    alot of documentaries in other countries only shows the slums of the Philippines etc etc…they really think Philippines is a 3rd world country literally..

    I mean it is a 3rd world in statistics but look at it carefully.
    Why are there so many malls in Philippines?
    why are there so many gimikan like timog and some bars scattered all over the place.
    about every single individual person living in Philippines have a cell phone.

    and who would spend around 15k pesos for a night in a big time bar?
    list goes on

    now i know i probably sound bias and stuff but yeah.. they should show the awesome provinces,
    the awesome beaches, the HUGE malls,The Commercial areas such as Ortigas or Makati.etc etc

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