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Family demands truth behind Sri Lankan detainee’s death in Japan

Nagoya, June 8 (Jiji Press)–Two younger sisters of a Sri Lankan woman who died last year at a detention facility in Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture, central Japan, called on Wednesday for judicial authorities to fully disclose the circumstances of her death.   They made the request at Nagoya District Court during the first hearing of a lawsuit in which the family….Read more

  • June 8, 2022
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Immigration officials tell Diet how they wrote report on detainee’s death

Japan’s Immigration Services Agency has told the Diet how they complied a report on a Sri Lankan woman who died in detention, following an allegation that the report has misleading content.   The agency on Tuesday provided an explanation to the Lower House Judiciary Committee in response to allegations made by the opposition Constitutional Democratic Party, or CDP.   The….Read more

  • June 8, 2022
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DOS report raps China’s oppression of Uyghurs in Xinjiang

NHK reported on the State Department’s release on Thursday of the 2021 Report on International Religious Freedom. The network said the report points out that large numbers of Muslims have been detained in internment camps in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region in China. Secretary of State Blinken told reporters that China is still committing genocide and repressing the predominantly Muslim….Read more

  • June 3, 2022
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INTERNATIONAL > East Asia & Pacific

Editorial: China will never gain world’s trust as long as it ignores human rights issues

What is happening in China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region is nothing short of the suppression of human rights by the Chinese authorities who appear to have been working to contain an entire ethnic group’s culture.   A large internal document trove has come to light showing that many ethnic minorities in a region of Xinjiang have been detained in “reeducation….Read more

  • May 31, 2022
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Families of North Korea abductees demand their quick return

With Prime Minister Fumio Kishida in attendance, family members of Japanese abducted by North Korea pressed for their immediate return at a major rally in Tokyo on May 29.    Around 800 people attended the mass rally, which was organized by organizations including the association of abductees’ family members.   Takuya Yokota, head of the association and a younger brother….Read more

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1st pride parade held in Akita to show support for sexual minorities

AKITA–Sexual minorities and their supporters on May 28 held the first pride parade in the capital of Akita Prefecture ever as part of the global pride parade movement to show support for sexual diversity.    “This is just the start,” said Masataka Masaki, the co-chair of the group who organized the event. Masaki also heads a citizen group called the….Read more

  • May 30, 2022
  • , The Asahi Shimbun , 6:25 p.m.
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Japan gov’t to fight damages suit filed by kin of dead Sri Lankan

NAGOYA — The Japanese government will fight a 156 million yen ($1.23 million) damages lawsuit filed by relatives of a Sri Lankan woman who died last year while in custody at an immigration center in central Japan, sources close to the matter said Sunday.   The family of Ratnayake Liyanage Wishma Sandamali, who alleges she was illegally detained and died due to….Read more

  • May 29, 2022
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Editorial: Technical intern program needs prompt review by government

Eight major companies including Toyota Motor Corp. have started a joint project to support foreign workers in Japan.   Officials said the project will provide counseling services to non-Japanese citizens working at the participating companies or their business partners on the difficulties they face at their workplaces, such as rights violations.   These services will help give the companies and….Read more

  • May 31, 2022
  • , The Asahi Shimbun , 0:59 p.m.
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SOCIETY > Human Rights

Leaked Chinese documents on Uyghur reveal conflict and discord within regime: Expert

By Hosei University Associate Professor Kumakura Jun   A number of internal documents, including records of statements made by Chinese Communist Party officials, regarding the issue of the large number of ethnic minority Uyghurs being detained in re-education facilities in China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region have been leaked. Hatakeyama Tetsuro of the Mainichi Shimbun had Hosei University Associate Professor Kumakura….Read more

  • May 25, 2022
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SOCIETY > Human Rights

Japanese prefecture abolishes gender markers on 233 official docs to promote diversity

SHIZUOKA — The Shizuoka Prefectural Government in central Japan has decided to remove gender markers from 233 official documents following a review of sections that only included “male” or “female” as gender options.   It is said that people who identify as being of a gender that differs from the sex they were assigned at birth feel distress over having….Read more

  • May 26, 2022
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