Buddhist service held for Sri Lankan detainee

A Buddhist memorial service has been held for a Sri Lankan woman who died at an immigration detention facility in Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture, central Japan, in March.

The service for 33-year-old Wishma Sandamali took place on Sunday at a temple in Fujinomiya City, Shizuoka Prefecture. Wishma had visited the temple before she was detained for overstaying her visa.

Wishma's two younger sisters attended the service. Food offerings were left in front of a Buddha statue and a priest chanted a mantra in Wishma's native language.

The priest said they cannot bring food or other things to the deceased, but they will gain virtue by offering food and bring the virtue to her.

One of the sisters, Wayomi, said she is grateful that the temple held the service.

She urged the immigration authorities to disclose footage of her sister that was taken at the facility and the results of their probe into her death.

Wishma fell ill in the detention facility in January. She was examined by doctors but was not hospitalized.

The Immigration Services Agency is looking into whether her case was handled properly.