Naoki Hyakuta Writes: To All Who Label Me a Discrimination Raconteur

  In early June, author Naoki Hyakuta, 61, was scheduled to speak at Hitotsubashi University during the two-day “Kodaira Festival.” University officials, however, cancelled his lecture, citing the lobby of some students and other lecturers who, they said, considered Hyakuta’s remarks had been “discriminatory toward certain ethnic groups.”   Mr. Hyakuta addresses the students who […]

At the Last Minute, UN Human Rights Rapporteur Brings Up More Issues vs Japan

    GENEVA, Switzerland—On the morning of June 12 here (late night Japan time), United Nations special rapporteur on freedom of expression David Kaye presented a report to the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) on conditions in Japan.   Kaye was “especially concerned” by three points: “direct and indirect pressure that officials can exert over the […]

Editorial: Time for Japan to Make the Abduction Issue A Diplomatic Priority

  The abduction of Japanese citizens by North Korean agents decades ago is a national tragedy. It is designated by the Abe administration as the “Most Important Issue,” yet it remains unresolved.   This is because North Korea is the subject of international criticism and pressure for an issue other than the abductions: its continued […]

‘Oppression of Speech’: Author Naoki Hyakuta’s University Lecture Cancelled Amid Pressure

A lecture by author Naoki Hyakuta, scheduled for June 10 at the Hitotsubashi University, has been cancelled due to pressure from various groups opposed to his political views.   Some experts criticized the move, saying “freedom of speech and university autonomy has been lost.” The lecture was part of the two-day “Kodaira Festival” organized by […]

China’s ‘New Human Rights Violations’ Condemned by Baluchistan Leaders at Tokyo Symposium

  Rights advocates roundly condemned in a recent symposium the violations being committed by China in Baluchistan, the biggest of the four provinces of Pakistan.   Speakers revealed the forced evictions, arson, and other forms of oppression that the Pakistani government allegedly allows Chinese investors to commit.   “China’s influence is expanding, as are the […]

‘Factual Errors’ Remain in UN Freedom of Expression Report; Japanese Gov’t Protests

United Nations Office at Geneva    David Kaye   In April of 2016, United Nations Special Rapporteur David Kaye visited Japan to study the state of freedom of expression in the country. He was here for 8 days from April 12, and met with government officials, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and “anonymous” members of the media. […]

South Korea Alleges Conscripted Workers, but Japan Has the Facts

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe receives a letter of South Korean President Moon Jae-in from his special envoy Moon Hee-sang (left) on May 18th at Tokyo     In a meeting on May 17, Moon Hee-sang—special envoy of South Korean President Moon Jae-in to Japan’s House Representative—told secretary general Toshihiro Nikai of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP): “While […]