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Refugee Applications in Japan Jan.-Sept. Exceed 7,900

The number of foreigners who applied for refugee status in Japan reached 7,926 between January and September, surpassing its record high on a calendar year basis, Justice Minister Katsutoshi Kaneda said Friday. The nine-month preliminary figure exceeded the previous annual high of 7,586 marked in 2015.   “A considerable number of applications seem to have been made for work,” Kaneda….Read more

  • November 25, 2016
  • , Jiji Press , 16:30
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Court finalizes discrimination ruling against Zaitokukai

The Supreme Court finalized a court ruling that judged the actions of an anti-Korea group constituted racial discrimination and ordered it to pay 4.36 million yen (about $42,000) in compensation to the victims.   In a case concerning freedom of expression, the top court on Nov. 1 rejected the appeal from Zainichi Tokken o Yurusanai Shimin no Kai (Group of….Read more

  • November 3, 2016
  • , The Asahi Shimbun
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Rights group seeks LGBT-inclusive curriculum

By Keiji Hirano TOKYO, Nov. 3, Kyodo — A human rights group is urging the government to give ample consideration to sexual minority students in compiling educational guidelines and teacher training programs, in a proposal to fully protect lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender children from harassment and bullying at school.   Given a lack of an LGBT-inclusive curriculum, students in….Read more

  • November 3, 2016
  • , Kyodo News , 9:18 a.m.
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GOJ to conduct survey on discrimination against foreigners

Yomiuri reported online on the Justice Ministry’s announcement on Monday that it will conduct a survey in mid-November covering 18,500 foreign residents in Sapporo, Tokyo, Osaka, and about 30 other locations to see whether they have ever experienced any form of discrimination, such as offensive remarks or refusal of service at restaurants or other facilities on account of their ethnicity. This is the first….Read more

  • October 1, 2016
  • , Yomiuri digital
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53 companies certified as “Gold” in providing friendly environment to sexual minorities

Aiming at creating a friendly working environment for sexual minorities, Japanese organizations supporting them have formulated a framework of “indexes” for awarding marks for efforts by companies. The highest award, the “Gold” certificate, was awarded to 53 companies and groups, including communication and financial firms as well as major manufacturers. An award ceremony was held on Oct. 26. It was the first time….Read more

  • October 27, 2016
  • , Asahi , p. 3
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Editorial: Racist slurs by police at protest in Okinawa sign of social ills

It is difficult not to be shocked by the racial slurs hurled by riot police officers against citizens protesting at the construction site of controversial U.S. helipads in Okinawa Prefecture.   The officers were dispatched from Osaka prefectural police to fend off protesters opposing the ongoing construction of helipads for the Northern Training Area, a U.S. Marine Corps jungle warfare….Read more

  • October 21, 2016
  • , The Asahi Shimbun , 13:45
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Ambassador Kennedy, Senator Harkin speak on supporting people with disabilities

Saturday’s Mainichi ran a recent interview with Ambassador Kennedy and former Senator Harkin, both of whom have been deeply involved in supporting people with disabilities. The paper wrote that the Ambassador has visited facilities for the disabled in such places as Sendai in Miyagi Prefecture and Nihonmatsu in Fukushima Prefecture since she arrived in Japan as ambassador three years ago.….Read more

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Federation of Bar Associations vows to work to abolish death penalty

All Saturday morning papers wrote that the Japan Federation of Bar Associations adopted on Friday a proposal stating that it will work to abolish capital punishment by 2020 and introduce life imprisonment without parole instead. This is the first time for the federation to adopt such a statement. The proposal was supported by 546 of the 786 participants in the….Read more

  • October 8, 2016
  • , Asahi
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Top court to judge on unwarranted police investigation using GPS

A Supreme Court petty bench said Wednesday it has sent to the top court’s Grand Bench a case in which the legality of unwarranted use by police of the global positioning system in their investigation is at issue.   The 15-member Grand Branch, which examines crucial cases such as those involving constitutionality, is expected to present the top court’s unified….Read more

  • October 5, 2016
  • , Kyodo News , 8:20 p.m.
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Editorial: International pledges to help refugees and migrants are only a first step

The international community faces the urgent question of how to deal with large movements of refugees fleeing from conflict-ridden countries such as Syria, and migrants crossing national borders in search of greater economic opportunity. Two international conferences held recently in New York in response to the refugee crisis during the annual United Nations General Assembly meeting highlighted anew how deep-rooted….Read more

  • September 29, 2016
  • , Nikkei Asian Review , 12:00 p.m.
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