The human rights issues in Japan are multifaceted. Over decades, domestic and international human rights organisations have raised concerns, but government obstinacy has meant there has been little progress. Recommendations of UN human rights bodies are routinely ignored, and statements by the government in the Japanese parliament regarding these recommendations have been dismissive. At the review of Japan’s implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights in 2014, Professor Nigel Rodley, then chair of the UN Human Rights Committee, lamented the lack of true engagement by Japan and the country’s unwillingness to take any action on the conclusions of UN human rights bodies. Equally worrying is the clear trend over recent years of popular publications bashing neighbouring countries and their nationals living in Japan as well as UN human rights bodies. This book explores the issues surrounding human rights in Japan, and what the future might hold for the country.

chapter 1|12 pages

Hate speech and the false human rights narrative in Japan

BySaul J. Takahashi

chapter 2|15 pages

Media in Japan

The muzzled watchdog
BySaul J. Takahashi

chapter 3|14 pages

Criminal Justice reform of 2016

A solution to the infamous problems in Japanese criminal procedure?
ByKana Sasakura

chapter 5|13 pages

Women’s empowerment and gender equality in Japan

ByFumie Saito

chapter 8|15 pages

Blanket police surveillance of Muslims

A chilling precedent 1
BySaul J. Takahashi

chapter 9|16 pages

The Fukushima diaspora

Assessing the state-based non-judicial remedies
ByTara L. Van Ho, Theodora N. Valkanou

chapter 11|14 pages

Japan’s military sexual slavery

Seeking reparations as on-going human rights violations
ByMina Watanabe

chapter 12|19 pages

Japan and the international human rights procedures

The ‘han-nichi’ narrative
BySaul J. Takahashi