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Japan: Human rights concerns in the Japanese apparel industry A majority of companies fail to implement mechanisms to either prevent or address human rights abuses

Author: Human Rights Now; Business & Human Rights Resource Centre, Published on: 23 December 2018

The results illustrate that, aside from a small group of leading companies, most apparel companies in Japan have yet to address human rights concerns adequately. The key findings include:


1) The response rate was low, with nearly two thirds of companies, including leading domestic Japanese companies, failing to respond to the questionnaire. 2) The mechanisms in place within most companies to implement human rights remain in the very early stages of development. 3) There was a distinct difference between the foreign companies and the Japanese companies. The Japanese companies, in general, lag behind. 
This is a grave concern and needs to be addressed. We urge the apparel industry in Japan to effect a significant improvement, in particular by the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

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