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Refugee status seekers call out double standard for Ukrainians

By TAKUYA ASAKURA/ Staff Writer   Foreign nationals seeking refugee status in Japan and those providing support to them are raising questions about the Japanese government’s preferential treatment toward Ukrainians who fled here from Russia’s invasion of their homeland.   The showering of support and attention they have received from private companies, civic groups and various levels of government has….Read more

  • May 26, 2022
  • , The Asahi Shimbun , 7:00 a.m.
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Israelis give letter of thanks to daughter of Japanese man who helped save Jews during WWII

TOKYO — An Israeli legislator and Israel’s ambassador to Japan presented a letter of appreciation on May 22 to a 91-year-old Japanese woman, whose father saved the lives of many Jewish refugees during World War II without regard for the dangers he faced.   Teruko Kotsuji, the second daughter of Setsuzo Kotsuji, a scholar of Hebrew culture, was presented with….Read more

  • May 25, 2022
  • , The Mainichi
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National Police Agency asks prefectural police to avoid questioning based on racial profiling

Tokyo Shimbun wrote on Thursday evening that the National Police Agency (NPA) circulated an advisory to prefectural police departments across the country last December instructing police officers to avoid questioning people on the street based on their physical features. “Outward appearances, such as facial features, hairstyle, skin color, or clothing, must not be the only criterion when identifying subjects for….Read more

  • May 13, 2022
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SOCIETY > Human Rights

Trainee from Vietnam reaches settlement over physical abuse

A Vietnamese technical intern who endured two years of physical abuse while working at an Okayama-based construction company reached a settlement with his former bosses as well as the supervising organization that arranged the placement.   The 41-year-old man eventually found refuge with Fukuyama Union Tanpopo, a labor union based in Hiroshima Prefecture.   Union officials said a settlement was….Read more

  • May 7, 2022
  • , The Asahi Shimbun , 5:20 p.m.
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SECURITY > Okinawa

Victim of rape by U.S. serviceman renews call for SOFA revision

Tuesday’s Okinawa Times wrote that Catherine Jane Fisher, who was sexually assaulted by a U.S. service member in Kanagawa Prefecture in 2002, visited Okinawa Governor Tamaki on Monday. The paper wrote that since becoming a victim of rape, the Australian woman has been calling on the GOJ to seek to revise the U.S.-Japan Status of Forces Agreement. Fisher reiterated her….Read more

  • May 3, 2022
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SOCIETY > Human Rights

Film featuring abductee Yokota Megumi to be screened for first time in U.S.

The Pledge to Megumi, a film tracing the abduction of Yokota Megumi and other Japanese nationals by North Korea and the rescue efforts by their family members, will be screened this month for the first time in the U.S., the Sankei Shimbun learned on May 1 from a source close to the matter. The group showing the film wants to….Read more

SOCIETY > Human Rights

Editorial: Human rights of foreign residents need protection in Constitution

  The more than two years of the new coronavirus pandemic have brought to light many contradictions and problems in this nation.   One is the inadequate protection of the human rights of foreign residents in Japan. Foreign residents are members of our society and play vital roles in our daily lives and the nation’s economy.   Despite their importance….Read more

  • May 6, 2022
  • , The Asahi Shimbun , 12:40 p.m.
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Japan requests U.S. to clarify operational guidelines for Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act

The Japanese government has submitted to U.S. authorities an opinion statement requesting the U.S. government to clarify the operational guidelines for the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act, sources informed Kanagawa Shimbun on April 30. The law will come into force in the U.S. in June. The law is aimed at banning in principle the import of goods from China’s Xinjiang….Read more

  • May 1, 2022
  • , Kanagawa Shimbun , p. 2
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SOCIETY > Human Rights

Older brother of former abductee Chimura Fukie dies at 93

Hamamoto Yuko, the older brother of Chimura Fukie, 66, a Japanese national abducted to North Korea and now back in Japan, passed away from natural causes on April 28. He was 93 years old.   Hamamoto scrambled to locate and rescue Fukie after she went missing while she was on a date with her fiance, Chimura Yasushi, 66, in Obama….Read more

SOCIETY > Human Rights

Ambassador Emanuel stresses need to pay attention to human rights of LGBTQ people

Sunday’s Ryukyu Shimpo ran a Kyodo interview with Ambassador Emanuel in which he said that as the world faces many challenges such as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and food shortages, it is also important to pay attention to issues near at hand such as the protection of the human rights of LGBTQ people. The Ambassador gave the interview ahead of….Read more

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