Amnesty International has slammed Japan for its handling of ethnic minorities, for levels of violence against women, and for curbing transparency through a recently imposed secrecy law.

In its latest global human rights report, released Wednesday, the group said Japan "continued to move away from international human rights standards."

The global human-rights lobby group said the government had failed to speak out against discriminatory rhetoric against ethnic Korean residents and their descendants, whom right-wing groups routinely harass and denounce with racially pejorative terms.