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Summary [The gender recognition law] is definitely a system that is wrecking [transgender] people’s dignity as a human being. —Saburo N., a transgender man, Kanagawa Prefecture, September 2018 Despite increasingly vocal domestic and international…
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(Tokyo, May 25, 2021) – Transgender people in [hrw.org/asia/japan]Japan face continuing barriers to changing their legally recognized gender, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The Japanese government should heed increasing calls from…
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Tokyo's Passive Diplomacy Will Only Embolden the Tatmadaw, Which Continues to Commit Grave Abuses with Impunity

Since the Myanmar military seized power on February 1, the Japanese government has expressed its “grave concerns” over the coup. It has called on the Myanmar military, known as the Tatmadaw, to “swiftly restore Myanmar’s democratic political system,” and…
Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi (left), Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga (center), and Finance Minister Taro Aso (right) attend a Cabinet meeting in Tokyo on February 24, 2021.
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Join Targeted Economic Sanctions, Global Arms Embargo; Review Aid

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Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi (left), Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga (center), and Finance Minister Taro Aso (right) attend a Cabinet meeting in Tokyo on February 24, 2021.
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Tokyo Olympic President’s Remarks Show Discrimination Against Women Still Rife

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Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee President Yoshiro Mori delivers a speech during the Tokyo 2020 Executive Board Meeting in Tokyo, Japan, March 30, 2020.
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Ensure Safe Sport Ahead of Tokyo’s 2021 Summer Olympics

Japan’s long-standing culture of beating and verbally abusing child athletes in the name of winning medals and championships is finally coming under pressure to change. Human Rights Watch released a report on the issue in July. Not long after,…
Soccer player holding ball in front of Olympic rings