Have you ever experienced discrimination as a result of your race or nationality, in your local community, workplace or at school?
The Ministry of Justice’s Human Rights Bodies have a counseling service for people who believe they have been victims of human rights violations. These bodies will assess the situation and, as need requires, carry out investigations and take appropriate steps to help victims and prevent future occurrences. If you are worried about a possible human rights issue, get in touch. A staff member will be on hand to discuss your problem, and together you can look for the best possible solution.
The number of foreign nationals entering Japan is on the rise, which may lead to a similar increase in human rights-related problems stemming from differences in language, religion, culture and customs. Examples include being refused a rental property or store service on grounds of nationality, or one’s children experiencing bullying at school.
With the aim of giving proper respect to the human rights of foreign residents, the Human Rights Bodies has set up human rights counseling services accessible by phone (Foreign Language Human Rights Hotline), online (Human rights counseling services on the Internet) and in person (Human rights counseling centers), through 50 Legal Affairs Bureaus and District Legal Affairs Bureaus nationwide, to support foreign residents who are not fluent Japanese speakers.
• As the bureau is a governmental body, all advice is neutral and impartial.
• Advice is offered free of charge, and no paperwork is required.
• Referrals, legal advice, mediations¹ between the relevant parties and interventions² demanding an improvement in behavior from human rights offenders are offered, as considered appropriate.
※¹ & ² these measures will only be taken with the understanding and agreement of the relevant parties, and cannot be forced if either party is unwilling.
Counseling services available by phone, online and face-to-face:
Phone: Foreign Language Human Rights Hotline 0570-090911, weekdays 9:00-17:00 (closed for New Year)
Face-to-face: Legal Affairs Bureaus and District Legal Affairs Bureaus, weekdays 9:00-17:00 (closed for New Year)
http://www.moj.go.jp/MINJI/minji10.html (Japanese only)
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