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5 Dez 2022

Japan Football Association

Response from JFA to HRW criticism of comments on human rights, World Cup & remedy

With regard to your inquiry, it is our understanding that the article of Human Rights Watch below was based on the news sources referring only to particular segments of TASHIMA Kohzo’s comments, and it does not seem to accurately reflect the intention of TASHIMA nor the position of Japan Football Association (JFA).

… TASHIMA mentioned that both JFA and FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association) are working on LGBTQ issues, and that JFA also has an intention to bring issues of discrimination and human rights towards a better direction… he added that “right now is the time to focus on football”… TASHIMA mentioned that he hopes the World Cup would be an opportunity to open new doors in resolving various issues following the remarks of his and JFA’s stance on various issues in Qatar. In this sense, both JFA and TASHIMA are not turning their backs on human rights issues.

TASHIMA’s comment, “right now is the time to focus on football”, was not in any way intended as a distraction from issues raised in Qatar… while recognising the challenges that the host country is facing, it is important for JFA to ensure an environment for the Japan National Team to play their very best at the Competition...

Lastly, as a member association of FIFA, JFA are operating in accordance with the Statutes, regulations and policies set by FIFA. This includes not only the game itself, but also the activities we carry out in cooperation with FIFA and its member associations in relation to the resolution of all social issues, including conflicts, natural disasters and so forth…