Social media aids rehashing of historical hate

| Sep 13, 2014

Social media aids rehashing of historical hate

by Philip Brasor

After rain caused deadly mudslides in Hiroshima Prefecture last month, rumors spread over the Internet about burglaries of evacuated homes by “foreigners,” including Zainichi (ethnic Korean residents of Japan). Such rumors tend to accompany disasters, so Tokyo Shimbun talked directly to police in the ...

Aug 21, 2014

Japan urged to regulate hate speech by law at U.N. meeting

Many members of the U.N. Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination urged the Japanese government on Wednesday to devise legal measures against hate speech in the country. Tokyo faced renewed pressure over the matter after it received recommendations from the U.N. Human Rights ...

Japan's foreign trainee program suffering from shocking lack of oversight

| Aug 13, 2014

Japan's foreign trainee program suffering from shocking lack of oversight

Agencies that dispatch non-Japanese as interns under the government’s foreign trainee program, as well as a government-commissioned foundation that supervises and instructs them, put corporate profits first and are not fulfilling their oversight responsibilities, lawyers familiar with the program say. The program has long ...

Obama administration pushes reform as path to Africa investment

Aug 5, 2014

Obama administration pushes reform as path to Africa investment

The Obama administration is pressing African leaders to tackle corruption and give greater recognition to the rights of women as the first U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit opens in Washington. “No democracy can survive without the active, intense participation of its people,” Vice President Joe Biden ...

U.N. rights chief warns of possible Gaza war crimes

Jul 24, 2014

U.N. rights chief warns of possible Gaza war crimes

The U.N.’s top human rights official has warned all sides in the two-week war in the Gaza Strip to not indiscriminately attack civilians, and that violations may amount to war crimes. U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said Wednesday that of the ...

Jun 11, 2014

Rights groups slam criminal justice reforms

by Tomohiro Osaki

Seventeen human rights and citizens’ groups submitted a petition to the Justice Ministry on Wednesday slamming its proposal to reform criminal investigations as “far from enough” to improve transparency and prevent wrongful arrests. The proposal, outlined by the ministry on April 30, laid the ...

Journalist shines light on suffering

Mar 13, 2014

Journalist shines light on suffering

by Keiji Hirano

An up-and-coming photographer who won plaudits for her work documenting the suffering and survival of socially marginalized people around the world has drawn together eight years of travel and experiences into a new book. “Human Dignity” by Noriko Hayashi, 30, contains reports on her ...