The Ministry of Justice of Japan (MOJ) will next month add four other languages to its human rights telephone counseling service for foreign nationals at its legal affairs bureaus and district legal affairs bureaus nationwide.
The MOJ currently offers the service in two languages — English and Chinese. But it will increase the number to six in response to an increase in the number of human rights issues arising from differences in languages, religions, and customs as Japan opens its door to more foreign residents.
The newly added languages are Korean, Filipino, Portuguese, and Vietnamese. The MOJ chose the new languages because each is spoken by more than 100,000 foreign residents in Japan as their mother tongue.
The MOJ previously offered the human rights hotline service for foreign nationals only at its three legal affairs bureaus in Tokyo, Osaka, and Nagoya. But it will launch the service at all its 50 legal affairs bureaus and district legal affairs bureaus across the nation.