Group advises on rent discrimination

A human rights group representing Korean residents will set up a three-day hotline next week to provide support and advice to foreigners facing discrimination in trying to find apartments.

The Tokyo office of the Human Rights Association for Koreans in Japan (Zainichi Korian Jinken Kyokai) will welcome information, questions and opinions about the issue over the hotline. Legal consultations may be referred to two lawyers.

Many real estate agencies exclude foreigners from housing rental, according to the association. The group says it will compile data from callers and try to improve the situation by lobbying public bodies and other means. The hotline is at (03) 5228-2089 or fax 5228-2071, only in Japanese, between Feb. 24 and 26, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.