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U.S., Japan launch task force to tackle forced labor in supply chains

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That’s certainly not going to help inflation.

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Let’s see if the do anything about cobalt mining in the Congo. That’ll show just how serious they are about forced labor.

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but the U.S., Japan, et al, have been supporting regimes that use forced labour and/or sweatshop labour for.... well.... ever! in order to make huge profits and keep their shareholders sweet. now they're all patting themselves on the back because "we're all agreed that something needs to be done and we vow to.... talk about it".

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I wonder if he has any photos of those women

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With all the respect to the forced people … but is this really the priority?

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All form and no substance.

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Oh, no women on the Japan side.

What a surprise.

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Good one gintonic! Interesting that Nishimura can throw stones about how the Uyghurs are treated while his own LDP government turns a blind eye to the way foreign detainees are treated in Immigration holding cells.

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Japanese do not have laws guarantee minorities rights, even undocumented people are guaranteed the same legal rights as a American in a judicial procedure,most Americans do not know about Japan racist policies, because nobody but foreigner are subjected too them

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Biden chose the right person to lead his anti-China trade agency. "Katherine Chi Tai (born March 18, 1974 is an American attorney serving as the 19th United States Trade Representative since March 18, 2021. The daughter of Taiwanese immigrants, she is the first Asian-American to serve in the position." - Wikipedia

I do hope the teams also investigate labor practices in Vietnam, Cambodia, Bangladesh and other regional nations exporting cheap clothing and other items.

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Maybe they should stop sending their factories to China and start bringing their industries back home.

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Stop Importing Cotton from China, which I believe the U.S. has done. American cotton is of much better quality and can accomodate both markets.

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Non thing more than just a disguise, like, rule of law, changing status quo, economic coercion, national security, etc, etc, to maintain its hold on hegemony /prevent any challenge to its hold on hegemony.

You are a sovereign country, free to do what you want, happy buyer, happy seller, within WTO rules, which you signed on to. If you do not want to buy, don't buy, don't cook up lame excuses, hoping to justify your action. Your number one ally is forcing 3rd party/country to do their bidding, the way to trade/buy/sell. Talk about coercion?? No integrity. So fooling no one.

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Japan probably wants to get some tips from China on how to further exploit people through its "intern program", because they are just as bad, but less obvious.

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Pathetic circus..

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If they actually do something, I'll be amazed. Make the final assembly company, the company we know, responsible for the entire supply chain by law. Shine a light on all abuses. Mandate self reporting too.

Guess we won't be getting much canned tuna anymore.

There are lots and lots of places with forced labor everywhere. Inside the US, there are sweat shops full of illegal immigrants too. Can't wait to see what Congress does about that with their new immigration policy. The owner of the operation would be responsible, required to self-report, and the daily news would have a page full of all those reports, so they can avoid jail.

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It's a good thing to end unethical labor practices . . . .

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The window dressing of a plan.

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Thefu,why are obsessed with undocumented workers,unless your business cannot compete with them

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Why are Japanese leaders so gullible ?

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Guess we won't be getting much canned tuna anymore.

Funny you mention that because a couple of weeks ago I had this weird urge to make a big tuna salad sandwich. While shopping for tuna I was reading the labels to see where it was canned trying to avoid any product from Thailand because they are famous for using slave labor in their fishing fleet. Tough to do. Four different brands but all canned in Thailand. I ended up buying some tuna canned in Indonesia but am not so sure they are not as bad as the Thais about using slave labor. I did see some tuna canned in Chile but it was about five times as costly as the tuna canned in Indonesia. Since my conscience nags me the next tuna will probably be the Chilean product. When I was a kid all the tune sold in the US was canned in San Diego, Los Angeles or Monterey and there were huge fleets of tuna boats on the US west coast. No more. I have read there are American flagged tuna boats based in American Samoa but have no idea who cans their tuna.

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Oh look, I can buy American Tuna, individually line caught by US registered boats and canned in San Diego for $7.99 for a six oz can. That compares favorably to the price of the Chilean tuna.

https://americantuna.com/

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Why are Japanese leaders so gullible ?

Explain please how they are being gullible in this matter.

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First, deal with the Japanese "trainee system" in Japan. Second, deal with the slave labor in the for-profit prison system in the US.

China like the US forces its prisoners to work as laborers for major corporations. If Japan and the US tackle their own issues, then they will be in the moral right when dealing with slave labor in the supply chain.

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