Kids' ombudsperson program hits 15 years

Aug 18, 2014

Kids' ombudsperson program hits 15 years

by Tetsuo Shintomi

An ombudsman program for children’s human rights in Kawanishi, Hyogo Prefecture, marked its 15th anniversary this year as Japan’s first independent public organ to address problems involving children. To date, some 8,800 requests for advice have been placed with the city’s Ombudspersons for Children’s ...

May 24, 2014

Stop the bullying of LGBT students

A recent survey of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the Kanto area finds that 70 percent were bullied during their school years. Learning respect and tolerance for individual differences should start earlier.

Apr 27, 2014

MSDF must clean up its act

A Tokyo High Court ruling for the plaintiff in a damages suit over the suicide of a Maritime Self-Defense Force member highlights the deplorable attempt by the MSDF to cover up evidence that the victim was bullied.

Mar 14, 2014

Legal bureaus flooded by Net abuses

Regional legal affairs bureaus dealt with a record number of cases last year in which the Internet was used to violate people’s rights, the Justice Ministry said Friday. Violations of individuals’ rights using the Internet jumped 42.6 percent from the previous year to 957 ...