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Organ trafficking targets Ukrainians in financial plight in cases involving Tokyo NPO

By Sho Komine / Yomiuri Shimbun Staff Writer   Ukrainians having financial difficulties have been identified as organ donors in several cases of suspected trafficking of living kidney transplants carried out overseas through the mediation of a Tokyo-based non-profit organization. Even when there is an agreement between donors and recipients or a third party, such transplants are criticized internationally as….Read more

  • October 3, 2022
  • , The Japan News , 6:00 a.m.
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Tokyo court strikes down “unfair” residency rules for same-sex marriage

All national dailies reported on Saturday that the Tokyo District Court ruled on Friday that it is “unconstitutional” for the government to deny residency status to a non-Japanese spouse in a same-sex marriage. The papers said the ruling came in a damages suit filed by an American man who was denied long-term residency to live in Japan with his Japanese….Read more

  • October 1, 2022
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Same-sex married couple hopeful Japan court will overturn residential status decision

BY WILL FEE STAFF WRITER   On Friday, judges at the Tokyo District Court will announce a decision on whether or not to grant long-term residency to U.S. citizen Andrew High, who has lived in Japan with his Japanese husband Kohei for over 10 years.   Legally married in the U.S. in 2015, the couple have been together since 2004. But….Read more

  • September 29, 2022
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Tokyo to begin accepting applications for partnership system on Oct. 11

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government will begin accepting applications for the “partnership oath system” that officially recognizes the family relationships of sexual minority (LGBTQ) couples on Oct. 11. Applications are available on the website of the metropolitan government. (Abridged)  

  • September 28, 2022
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Gov’t issues visa to key Uyghur activist

The Japanese government issued a visa to Dolkun Isa (55 years old, currently in exile in Germany), a human rights activist who advocated for the protection of Uyghurs oppressed in China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. The news was disclosed by Dolkun himself and sources close to the government on Sept. 20. During his stay in Japan, he will join a….Read more

  • September 21, 2022
  • , Kanagawa Shimbun , p. 3
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Long-term detentions at Japan’s immigration facilities remain unsolved

The resolution of such issues as the long-term detention of foreign nationals at immigration control facilities is likely to be delayed, as it has become certain that a bill to amend the immigration control law will not be passed during the current Diet session.   The government had sought to address the problem of foreign nationals being held for a….Read more

  • September 19, 2022
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Japan ordered to pay damages over death of detained Cameroon man

Mito, Ibaraki Pref., Sept. 16 (Jiji Press)–A Japanese district court ordered the government Friday to pay 1.65 million yen in damages over the death in 2014 of a Cameroonian man, then 43, detained at an immigration center in Ibaraki Prefecture near Tokyo.   In a lawsuit filed with Mito District Court, the bereaved family of the Cameroonian man had demanded….Read more

  • September 16, 2022
  • , Jiji Press , 8:55 p.m.
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Japan adopts human rights guidelines for companies

Tokyo, Sept. 13 (Jiji Press)–The Japanese government on Tuesday adopted guidelines for companies to prevent human rights abuses such as forced labor.   The guidelines urge all companies in Japan to check whether there are any human rights violations in their supply chains and to make improvements and disclosures if any problems are found.   Companies are encouraged to draw….Read more

  • September 13, 2022
  • , Jiji Press , 9:05 p.m.
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Ukrainian woman sues Japan firm after allegedly being called ‘trash,’ ‘stray dog’

NARA — A Ukrainian woman in Japan who says she suffered depression from her boss’s power harassment, including being called “trash” and other names, filed a lawsuit against the firm on Sept. 9, seeking 5.5 million yen (about $39,000) in damages.   The woman, who worked at the Nara office of Tokyo-based Akagi Helicopter Co. claims that no measures were….Read more

  • September 10, 2022
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Japanese-language school in Fukuoka punished for human rights abuses

NHK reported this morning that the Immigration Services Agency of Japan has punished a Japanese-language school in Fukuoka for human rights abuses, including restraining a foreign student with a metal chain. The network said the Nishinihon International Education Institute will be barred from accepting foreigners with residence status as students for the next five years. According to the report, a….Read more

  • September 7, 2022
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