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All over the world, gold and diamond mining are risky operations, and sometimes people and the environment are harmed in the process. For over a decade, Human Rights Watch has documented child labor, environmental destruction, and violence by government…
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Summary I was hit so many times, I can’t count ... we were all called to the coach and I was hit in the face in front of everyone. I was bleeding, but he did not stop hitting me. I did say that my nose was bleeding, but he did not stop. — Daiki A., 23…
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Bill Would Make 18 Minimum Marriage Age for Women and Men

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A bride in traditional Japanese wedding attire poses for photos with her groom at the Itsukushima Shrine in Hatsukaichi, southwestern Japan April 16, 2008.
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 Since 2011, violence in Syria has forcibly displaced at least 1.6 million school-age children to other countries in the region. Before the conflict, more than 90 percent of Syrian children attended primary school and 70 percent…
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A revolution was said to take place in the alternative care industry for children in Japan on August 2 when the Ministry of Health, Labor announced its new vision for such care. The vision is of high quality care with the children’s best interest at its…
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Involve Courts to Avoid Hasty Family Separation

Yui is an 8-year-old girl who loves her mother.
 
 However, her mother has become dependent on alcohol, and when she drinks she cuts herself in front of Yui. She never hurts Yui, whose name I have changed to protect her privacy, but sometimes she…
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At Least 10 More Years of Official Silence on LGBT Lives in Schools

The Japanese government has missed an opportunity to introduce information about sexual and gender minorities to classrooms during a once-in-a-decade review of its national educational curriculum. Instead, the government said in March that including…
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Efforts Boost Regional, Global Role on Gay Rights

(Tokyo, March 24, 2017) – Japan’s updated national bullying prevention policy will for the first time protect sexual and gender minority students, Human Rights Watch said today. The measure will boost Japan’s reputation regionally and internationally on…
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Japan’s longtime focus on providing foreign assistance for maternal and child health has contributed to fewer mothers around the world dying during pregnancy and childbirth. This is a fact worth celebrating prior to International Women’s Day, March 8.…
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Human Rights Watch thanks the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology (MEXT) for the opportunity to give comment on revisions to the Basic Policy for the Prevention of Bullying.
 
 Human Rights Watch is an…
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School Guidelines Should Address Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity

Last year, my colleagues and I interviewed sexual and gender minority youth from across Japan to learn about their experiences at school. The information we documented was harrowing: harassment and bullying colored the lives of many of the youth we met.…
manga drawing by Taiji Utagawa of a transgender man with head down in the dark with three white spots leading into the distance
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Human Rights Watch is an independent, nongovernmental research and advocacy organization. We monitor human rights in more than 90 countries around the world, including Japan. We published a report in 2016 about access to education for lesbian, gay,…