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Japan remains at Tier 2 in U.S. Trafficking in Persons Report 

Asahi wrote that the Department of State released on Tuesday its annual Trafficking in Persons Report, in which Japan is ranked in Tier 2, the second highest ranking out of four categories, for the third consecutive year. The paper wrote that the report continues to point out training programs for foreign technical interns and sexual exploitation of children as issues….Read more

  • July 21, 2022
  • , Asahi, Nikkei
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INTERNATIONAL > U.S.

USG’s TIP report criticizes China’s use of forced labor in Belt and Road initiative

NHK reported that the State Department released its annual Trafficking in Persons Report on Tuesday. The report placed China in Tier 3, the lowest ranking, for using forced labor in its Belt and Road infrastructure initiative and criticized China for its use of forced labor in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. The network said this is the sixth year in….Read more

  • July 20, 2022
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SOCIETY > Human Rights

Abortion legal and apolitical in Japan, but cost and consent present barriers

Last week’s decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn its landmark 1973 decision that deemed abortion a constitutional right has reignited the controversial debate over access to the procedure in the United States.

  • June 28, 2022
  • , The Japan Times
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SOCIETY > Human Rights

Rumor leads to dead baby and trial for trainee from Vietnam

HIROSHIMA—A Vietnamese woman who came to Japan on the technical intern program heard a rumor that foreign trainees would be deported if they became pregnant.   The rumor was bogus. But Duong Thi Vuot believed it, which led in large part to her arrest and trial at the Hiroshima District Court over the killing of her newborn baby.   In….Read more

  • June 27, 2022
  • , The Asahi Shimbun , 7:00 a.m.
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INTERNATIONAL > U.S.

Local media views SCOTUS reversal on abortion as sign of America divided 

All Sunday papers reported extensively on the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to eliminate the constitutional protection for abortion by overturning Roe vs. Wade, expressing strong concern that the already sharp division between liberals and conservatives in America will further widen. Nikkei raised alarm that the selection of supreme court justices has apparently been used for partisan politics, pointing out that….Read more

  • June 26, 2022
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SOCIETY > Human Rights

Osaka court rejects same-sex marriage claim

Osaka, June 20 (Jiji Press)–A court in western Japan rejected a damages claim by three same-sex couples against the state on Monday, finding that same-sex marriage not being allowed in the country is not unconstitutional.   The ruling by Osaka District Court came after Sapporo District Court ruled in March last year that the current situation violates Article 14 of….Read more

  • June 20, 2022
  • , Jiji Press , 6:12 p.m.
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Prosecutors drop case over death of detained Sri Lankan woman

Public prosecutors will drop their case against senior officials from the Nagoya Regional Immigration Services Bureau over the death of a Sri Lankan woman at an immigration detention facility, according to sources.   Wishma Sandamali, 33, died in March 2021 at a facility run by the bureau, in a case that sparked widespread outcry over her mistreatment.   The Nagoya….Read more

  • June 17, 2022
  • , The Asahi Shimbun , 3:04 p.m.
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SOCIETY > Human Rights

Tokyo assembly enacts same-sex partnership system

 Tokyo, June 15 (Jiji Press)–The Tokyo metropolitan assembly enacted a bill on Wednesday to introduce a system aimed at recognizing same-sex partnerships involving sexual minorities as equivalent to married couples.   The bill to revise the ordinance on human rights calls on businesses and other entities to treat same-sex partnerships between lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender, or LGBT, people as….Read more

  • June 15, 2022
  • , Jiji Press , 6:26 p.m.
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SOCIETY > Human Rights

Gov’t to exclude from ODA companies that violate human rights

At a meeting of relevant ministries and agencies on June 14, the government approved the outline of guidelines for businesses to prevent and take measures against human rights violations.   At the meeting, Special Advisor to the Prime Minister (in charge of international human rights issues) Nakatani Gen instructed ministries and agencies to create a mechanism to exclude companies involved….Read more

  • June 15, 2022
  • , Yomiuri , p. 4
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SOCIETY > Human Rights

Same-sex couples call on gov’t to improve national census to count them as spouses

Same-sex couples are seeking improvement in the national census, saying that not counting them as spouses is inconsistent with the objectives of census taking. On June 9, a related group and the Kunitachi mayor held a press conference and called on other municipalities to join them in seeking redress from the central government.

  • June 10, 2022
  • , Asahi , p. 21
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