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Efforts to enact Japanese version of Magnitsky Act stalled

  • December 26, 2021
  • , Sankei
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Sunday’s Sankei led with a report on parliamentary moves to pass a Japanese version of the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act, which allows the U.S. government to sanction foreign government officials believed to be human rights offenders, saying that the momentum has apparently waned under the Kishida administration even though an influential LDP lawmaker was tapped by the premier as a special advisor on human rights issues. The daily speculated that opposition to using sanctions as a tool to persuade foreign governments to correct certain behaviors remains strong within the GOJ, with MOFA officials being afraid that such an approach would alienate Vietnam, Thailand, and other ASEAN members and prompt them to side with China. Some are reportedly wary of singling out China as the target of the envisaged legislation, while others are concerned that such a law would “mandate” Japan to take coordinated steps with the U.S. and Europe in penalizing foreign government officials for human rights abuses.

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