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The Tokyo Bar Association needs our help to understand racial profiling in Japan

By Baye McNeil, contributing writer   Last month, the U.S. Embassy issued a warning to its citizens about suspected “racial profiling incidents.” However, there had already been heavy discussion of the subject in the international community for years.   In fact, Black Eye spoke to Baltimore native Jesse Freeman, a filmmaker and ikebana (flower arrangement) artist, of his experience being regularly stopped and frisked by….Read more

  • January 14, 2022
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SOCIETY > Human Rights

Vietnamese trainee in Japan demands apology for 2 years of abuse

OKAYAMA, JAPAN – A Vietnamese man who had worked as a technical trainee at a construction company in western Japan said Monday he was violently abused by Japanese colleagues for around two years and is demanding an apology and compensation from the company and supervising organization that arranged the placement.   Speaking at a press conference in Okayama with a….Read more

  • January 17, 2022
  • , Kyodo News , 10:37 p.m.
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SOCIETY > Human Rights

2 refugee applicants sue Japan over immigration detention

Tokyo, Jan. 13 (Jiji Press)–Two applicants for refugee status in Japan sued the Japanese government on Thursday, claiming that painful and arbitrary detentions by the country’s immigration authorities violate international law.   In the lawsuit filed with Tokyo District Court, the two plaintiffs demand a total of 30 million yen in damages.   According to the written complaint and other….Read more

  • January 13, 2022
  • , Jiji Press , 7:46 p.m.
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SOCIETY > Human Rights

55% say they are interested in Beijing Games, Nihon Yoron Chosakai poll

Nihon Yoron Chosakai conducted a nationwide mail-in survey to probe views on the Beijing Olympic and Paralympic Games. A total of 55% of respondents said that they are either “interested” (17%) or “generally interested” (38%) in the 2022 Winter Games.   Some 65% of pollees said they are either “in favor” or “generally in favor” of Sapporo City’s hosting the….Read more

  • January 9, 2022
  • , Tokyo Shimbun , PP. 3, 4
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INTERNATIONAL > East Asia & Pacific

Uyghurs give testimony of human rights violations at Kanagawa rally

A rally held in Zushi City, Kanagawa Prefecture, on Jan. 9 featured testimonies by Uyghurs living in Japan of their personal experiences of the Chinese government’s oppression of Uyghurs. The Japan Uyghur Association and the Association of Japanese Local Assembly Members Supporting Uyghurs hosted the gathering, which was attended by 40 people.   Halmat Rozi and Afumetto Retepu, vice-chairs of….Read more

  • January 11, 2022
  • , Kanagawa Shimbun , p. 16
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SOCIETY > Crime

Editorial: Worrying spike in hate crimes against Korean residents in Japan

A rash of attacks against facilities linked to Korean residents in Japan, including cases of arson and vandalism, cannot be allowed to pass unnoticed.   Some of the incidents are still under investigation. The attacks, by and large, seem to fall under the vile category of hate crimes motivated by a bias against people or groups with specific characteristics like race,….Read more

  • January 11, 2022
  • , The Asahi Shimbun , 1:50 p.m.
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SOCIETY > Human Rights

Tokyo same-sex partnership plans highlight road ahead for LGBTQ rights

TOKYO – Many welcomed Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike’s recent announcement that a same-sex partnership system would be introduced for all of Tokyo in fiscal 2022. But some LGBTQ activists have pointed out that much more work needs to be done to reach true equality in Japan.   Currently, 12 of the 62 municipalities in Tokyo have introduced a same-sex partnership….Read more

  • January 10, 2022
  • , Kyodo News , 2:33 p.m.
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SOCIETY > Human Rights

Editorial: Worrying spike in hate crimes against Korean residents in Japan

A rash of attacks against facilities linked to Korean residents in Japan, including cases of arson and vandalism, cannot be allowed to pass unnoticed.   Some of the incidents are still under investigation. The attacks, by and large, seem to fall under the vile category of hate crimes motivated by a bias against people or groups with specific characteristics like race,….Read more

  • January 11, 2022
  • , The Asahi Shimbun , 1:50 p.m.
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INTERNATIONAL > East Asia & Pacific

U.S. Embassy official to visit DPRK abduction sites in Niigata

NHK reported that it has learned from multiple sources that arrangements are being made for an official working on North Korean issues at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo and other people to visit next week the site in the city of Niigata where abduction victim Yokota Megumi is believed to have been kidnapped by North Korean agents in 1977 and….Read more

INTERNATIONAL > East Asia & Pacific

Beijing slams 7-Eleven for labeling Taiwan a country on website

SHUNSUKE TABETA, Nikkei staff writer   BEIJING — The Japanese-owned operator of 7-Eleven convenience stores in Beijing has been fined for describing Taiwan as an independent country and other naming conventions on its company website.   The Beijing municipal government in December issued a warning to the company and imposed a fine of 150,000 yuan ($23,500), according to a credit….Read more

  • January 7, 2022
  • , Nikkei Asia , 3:37 a.m.
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