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    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on July 3rd, 2010

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    Hi Blog.  Here is NGO International Movement Against All Forms of Discrimination and Racism (IMADR), based in Tokyo, with their periodical in English on the issue.  They inter alia are the group who keeps bringing over the UN for briefings (here and here), and have kept various committees appraised of GOJ progress (or mostly lack thereof), and answered GOJ benkai justifying inaction re human rights (example here).  Their May 2010 edition talks about the UN’s May 14 visit to hear cases of discrimination in Japan.  FYI.  Click on any image to expand in browser.  Courtesy of IMADR.  Arudou Debito in Sapporo

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    One Response to “IMADR Connect Magazine article on recent UN visit by High Commissioner of Human Rights to Japan May 2010”

    1. John (Yokohama) Says:

      And regarding the human rights of “foreign trainees”:

      http://www.japantoday.com/category/national/view/27-foreign-trainees-died-in-japan-in-fy-2009

      “27 foreign trainees died in Japan in FY 2009

      Tuesday 06th July, 06:44 AM JST

      TOKYO — Twenty-seven foreign nationals who came to Japan for employment under a government-authorized training program died in fiscal 2009, the second worst figure on record, government officials said Monday. Most of the workers who died in the year that ended in March were in their 20s to 30s, officials of the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry said.

      Of the 27, nine died of brain or heart diseases, four died while working, three died by suicide, three died in bicycle accidents and the remainder died from unknown causes, the officials said.

      By country, 21 came from China, three from Vietnam, two from the Philippines and one from Indonesia, they said.

      The number was the second largest, following the 35 foreign nationals who died in fiscal 2008. This could trigger moves toward revising the government program, first launched in 1993, as a number of irregular practices have recently been observed, such as having foreign trainees work for long hours with below-minimum wages.

      Shoichi Ibusuki, a lawyer who is an expert on the issue, said, ‘‘Many trainees who died of brain or heart diseases could have actually died from overwork, while those who killed themselves could have committed suicide induced by overwork.’’”

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