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DOS report expresses approval of Japan’s efforts to address human trafficking

  • June 29, 2018
  • , Nikkei digital
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Nikkei’s website highlighted Thursday’s release of the State Department’s annual Trafficking in Persons Report, underscoring that Japan was upgraded to Tier 1 because in the past year it delivered key achievements to fully meet the minimum standards for the elimination of human trafficking. The report cited as one of these achievements the establishment of a new inter-agency task force to combat sex trafficking involving high school girls, commonly known in Japan as “JK business.” 


Yomiuri carried a similar report speculating that Japan’s accession to the Convention against Transnational Organized Crime and an accompanying protocol a year ago probably prompted the USG to upgrade Japan to Tier 1. An unnamed senior Justice Ministry official commented on the latest U.S. evaluation by saying: “Japan, by complying with the minimum level of international rules, was appraised as an advanced nation. We would like to eradicate human trafficking by promoting international cooperation.”  

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