July 29, 2004
TOKYO — "The battle to block the deportation of chess champion
Bobby Fischer is entering a new stage," says John Bosnitch, the
Tokyo-based communications consultant and journalist who has
been helping the chess legend. "Not only has U.S. passport law
been completely disregarded, but now, Japanese Immigration
officials have made it clear they don't even care about their
Bosnitch told Japan Today on Thursday that Fischer's supporters
worldwide are angry. "This is a travesty of punishments before
hearings, blind reliance on secret evidence, willful theft and
destruction of a U.S. passport, and purported U.S. consular
visits by a person who refuses to identify himself and then
disappears." he says, "The only way to end all this it is to
drag it out into the public eye."
The Committee to Free Bobby Fischer, which Bosnitch is
organizing, and the Japan Chess Association, led by Ms. Miyoko
Watai, a longtime friend of Bobby Fischer, are hosting a press
conference in Tokyo at the Foreign Correspondents Club of Japan
at 1:00 PM, Thursday to, "lay bare the whole tale of the way
this revered chess genius and hero of an entire generation has
been entrapped, brutalized and denied his rights in the very
gateway of what purports to be a land of peace and harmony."
"If I extrapolate from how these officials have treated an
international personage like Bobby Fischer, I hesitate to
imagine the treatment being accorded to some others."
Japan Today will be covering the press conference and will be
following up with exclusive interviews with Bosnitch and Watai,
outlining future plans for Fischer's defense.
Fischer's confiscated passport, which in fact may have been