Human rights promotion and protection activities in Japan
In Japan, human rights systems and policies have been established and developed within the national government under the Constitution, which sets the respect for fundamental human rights as one of its basic principles, as well as international rules including human rights conventions drafted by the United Nations.
In addition, community-based human rights promotion and protection activities have been carried out under the cooperation of the national government, local governments and volunteers such as Human Rights Volunteers. Due to such efforts, the ideal of respecting human rights have been widely acknowledged and a society where human rights are respected has been developed.
Human rights issues have continuously occurred. The human rights bodies of the Ministry of Justice provide human rights counseling, investigate and resolve human rights violation cases, and conduct human rights awareness-raising activities aiming for the protection of fundamental human rights.
Dedicated telephone counseling for foreigners (English, Chinese, Korean, Filipino, Portuguese, Vietnamese)
Telephone counseling of various human rights problems including discrimination, abuse and harassment
Dedicated telephone counseling for women with human rights problems including domestic violence and sexual harassment
Toll-free and dedicated telephone counseling for children with human rights problems including bullying and abuse
Human Rights in the International Fora
Human rights promotion and protection have been actively pursued in the world. Japan is anticipated to play an important role internationally.
Human Rights Promotion Activities
Characters for Human Rights Promotion Activities: Jin-KEN-Mamoru-Kun and Jin-KEN-Ayumi-Chan designed by cartoonist Takashi Yanase are used for human rights promotion activities nationwide aiming for the realization of society where human rights are properly respected.
The characters’ hair forms the shape of “人”(JIN, “human” in Japanese) and the characters wear clothes with the word “KEN” (“rights” in Japanese). These collectively show “human rights”.