US man alleges assault by Tokyo immigration staff

A male US citizen has filed a lawsuit seeking damages from Japan's government, saying he was assaulted by staff at the Tokyo Regional Immigration Services Bureau.

52-year-old Mark Gordon was detained at a bureau facility in June last year when he tried to reenter Japan with an expired visa.

He refused to accept soap he was given, saying it was bad for his asthma. He says staffers then took him to a single-person room and assaulted him, leaving him with injuries. He is seeking 30 million yen, or more than 260,000 dollars, in damages.

Surveillance camera images disclosed by the bureau at Gordon's request show what appear to be several staffers holding him to the floor, with one of them kneeling on his head and another handcuffing him.

The bureau says it will respond accordingly once it receives and studies the complaint.