182 pages | 1 B/W Illus.
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 - Hate speech and the false human rights narrative in Japan, Saul J. Takahashi
Chapter 2 - Media in Japan: the Muzzled Watchdog, Saul J. Takahashi
Chapter 3 - Criminal Justice Reform of 2016: A Solution to the Infamous Problems in Japanese Criminal Procedure?, Kana Sasakura
Chapter 4 - An Examination of the Force Used by Kidoutai (riot police) and Japan Coast Guard, Ai Kihara-Hunt
Chapter 5 - Women’s Empowerment and Gender Equality in Japan, Fumie Saito
Chapter 6 - Discrimination against Women in the Sphere of Marriage and Family Life, Ai Kihara-Hunt
Chapter 7 - Dōwa Project Policies as unfinished human rights business - from Dōtaishin to Ikengushin, Ian Neary
Chapter 8 - Blanket Police Surveillance of Muslims: a Chilling Precedent, Saul J. Takahashi
Chapter 9 - The Fukushima Diaspora: Assessing the State-Based Non-Judicial Remedies, Tara L. Van Ho and Theodora N. Valkanou
Chapter 10 - Stratification of Rights and Entitlements among Refugees and Other Displaced Persons in Japan, Naoko Hashimoto
Chapter 11 - Japan’s military sexual slavery: Seeking reparations as on-going human rights violations, Mina Watanabe
Chapter 12 - Japan and the international human rights procedures: the ‘han-nichi’ narrative, Saul J. Takahashi
This series contains thought-provoking and original scholarship on human rights law. The books address civil and political rights as well as social, cultural and economic rights, and explore international, regional and domestic legal orders. The legal status, content, obligations and application of specific rights will be analysed as well as treaties, mechanisms and institutions designed to promote and protect rights.