This matter is so vitally important for so many reasons. Permanent Resident is an official visa status. Being a Permanent Resident allows a person to take out bank loans, have credit cards, live independently, seek work independently, and all the legal benefits of a Japanese citizens, but they are not allowed to vote. Even though Permanent Residents pay taxes, contribute to the welfare and benefit of Japan, Permanent Residents cannot choose who to democratically represent them. However, here is this court ruling that will have serious repercussions, I’m sure. The Japan Times reports that Permanent Residents are no eligible for welfare benefits, even if they are retired and poor, and paid a lifetime of taxes to this country, they are effectively discarded (Japan Times). The repercussions are that long-term experts will be discouraged from staying, which affects Japanese company’s abilities to recruit experts that are not locally available. It also means that people like me, education experts, should in fact be looking for permanent work in any other country but here. That means, only inexperienced young people will remain, but other countries will benefit from having experienced and highly knowledgeable experts. It also means that as Japan’s populations shrink, it will not be able to effectively recruit anyone who can stay in the country to take care of the elderly in nursing homes. Oh well. Japan is allowed to ruin it’s future if it wants. It sadly seems that the supreme court has not taken into consideration human rights issues, moral issues, nor a long term view and repercussions of its decision.