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Mar 9, 2016

U.N. report urges Japan to ban sexual exploitation of schoolgirls

Japan should ban all commercial activity leading to the sexual exploitation of children, a report by a U.N. human rights official said, showing particular concern over the so-called “JK business,” which refers to dating services offered by teenage schoolgirls. Maud de Boer-Buquicchio, special rapporteur ...

Mar 9, 2016

LDP eyes allowing more workers from abroad to come to Japan

The ruling Liberal Democratic Party will set up a panel to consider allowing more foreign people to work in the country, officials said Tuesday, in a move designed to address labor shortages stemming from an aging society. Labor shortages are especially serious in sectors ...

Japan's porn industry preys on young women: activists

Mar 4, 2016

Japan's porn industry preys on young women: activists

Japanese women are being exploited and abused in Japan’s multibillion-dollar pornographic film industry, rights advocates have said, calling on authorities to strengthen laws to protect them. Pornography is widely available in Japan, where some actresses become well known enough to appear on mainstream TV ...