UN Report – Japan has Serious Racial Discrimination Problem

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Japanese People Demonstrate Against Racism

The United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination:

Original Chinese Language Article By:  http://news.sina.com.cn

(Translated by Adrian Chan-Wyles PhD)

Translator’s Note:  There are many historical issues that define the international relationship between Japan and China.  From around 1931 to 1945, the Japanese Imperial Army invaded and attacked China – killing millions of Chinese men, women, and children in the process.  Following the defeat of Japan in China (through Chinese resistance and the intervention of the Red Army of the Soviet Union) in 1945, and the subsequent occupation of Japan by US Armed Forces (following the dropping on Japan of two US Atomic Bombs), the Japanese government has consistently refused to admit their responsibility for the numerous atrocities their military forces committed in China (and other places in Asia).  In part this has been due to the foreign policy of the USA, which during its instigation of the Cold War against the USSR, radically and suddenly changed its policy toward defeated Japan, reviving Japanese racist militarism and nationalism – using this fascist rhetoric to create an ‘anti-China’ policy.  The climate of ‘immunity’ for its war crimes was established in Japan by the USA – and continues today in the form of ‘racism’ and ‘discrimination’ toward non-Japanese peoples – which is particularly aimed at China.  However, it must also be established that there do exist decent-minded Japanese people who take-on and decry this rightwing racist policy, and who selflessly work for the rights of others.  ACW 26.4.2016

Xinhua: GENEVA – 21.8.2014 (Correspondent: Mei Chen Wang Zhao).  During the meeting of the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination in Geneva, it was concluded by the Committee (after consideration of regular reports from Japan) that there are serious grounds for concern about racial discrimination existing within Japanese society.

In two days of deliberations, the Members of the Committee stated that Japan has a ‘serious’ problem regarding racial discrimination within its society.  This, in part, has been due to the rise of extreme Japanese nationalism, and corresponding right-wing groups (and individuals) that through the deliberate generation of hate-speech in newspapers, through the Internet, the television and other forms of media, that are designed to promote racism and racial superiority (by declaring all non-Japanese to be culturally and racially inferior).  This has been achieved through pursuing the revival of (WWII-type) nationalism and militarism, which belittles and demeans all non-Japanese people, through the provocation and harassment of foreigners.  This rhetoric has also led to acts of racially motivated violence against foreigners by the Japanese far-rightwing – violence that the Japanese authorities have refused to punish or condemn.

Committee Members noted that in 2013 there were 360 reports in Japan involving racial discrimination, and this raised the valid question as to whether the Japanese government had taken the necessary measures to combat racial discrimination and hate speech. It was also noted that Senior Officials in the Cabinet of the Japanese government, continuously misled the Japanese people by issuing statements that deliberately distort history through racist rhetoric and false commentary, and the spreading of the so-called myth of the ‘China Threat’ theory.  The Committee was of the opinion that the problems lay with Japan having no anti-racism law, and no nation-wide instigation of the concept of Human Rights (as the Japanese government does not perceive non-Japanese as being ‘protected’ by human rights).

The Committee Members drew attention to the fact that Japan as a nation has consistently failed to accept responsibility for its institution of ‘Comfort Women’ during WWII.  Japan as a nation, refuses to recognise or agree that ‘Comfort Women’ were in fact ‘sexual slaves’, and that this failure to accept responsibility for this past violation (of Human Rights against women) adds insult to injury for the many victims, which increases their suffering.

During its closing remarks, the Committee made the recommendation that the Japanese government should develop a comprehensive anti-discrimination law, which does not prejudice freedom of expression, under the premise of combating racially motivated hate-speech, and immediately establish a national Human Rights institution.

The United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination monitors Treaty Signatories, and ensures that the policy of the ‘International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination’ (which was established in 1970) is both properly instigated and correctly applied.  This ensures that countries who have signed the convention, fulfil their Treaty obligations and are held to account if they do not.  The United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination is comprised of 18 experts who are specially trained in the definition and correct application of UN regulations.

From the 11th to the 29th of March, 2013, saw the 85th Conference of the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, which was held in Palais Wilson in Geneva.  This Conference considered the situation regarding Anti-Racism Discrimination in El Salvador, the United States, Peru, Cameroon, Iraq, Japan, Estonia and other countries.

©opyright: Adrian Chan-Wyles (ShiDaDao) 2016.

Original Chinese Language Source Article:

http://news.sina.com.cn/w/2014-08-22/001230724670.shtml

联合国消除种族歧视委员:日本存在严重种族歧视

新华网日内瓦8月21日电(记者刘美辰 王昭) 联合国消除种族歧视委员会21日在日内瓦结束对日本消除种族歧视定期报告的审议,该委员会成员对日本社会中存在的种族歧视现象提出关切。

在为期两天的审议中,有委员会成员指出,日本存在“严重的”种族歧视问题,日本部分极右翼团体和个人通过报纸、网络、电视和其他媒体散播种族仇恨言论,宣扬种族优越论,组织游行活动叫嚷复活军国主义,肆意贬低、骚扰和挑衅外国人,有时甚至采取暴力行动,但日本当局并没有对他们的行为进行相应惩处,从而造成问题愈演愈烈。

有委员会成员指出,日本自2013年以来发生360余起叫嚣种族歧视的游行及演讲活动,由此质疑日本政府是否采取了必要措施约束和打击种族仇恨言论。还有成员说,包括内阁成员在内的部分高官做出意在误导日本民众和歪曲历史的种族主义言论,并四处散播所谓的“中国威胁论”,这一问题归因于日本没有制定反对歧视的专门法律,也没有成立全国性的人权机构。

委员会成员称,追溯到二战时期的“慰安妇”问题仍未得到正视和解决,日本政府仍继续否认“慰安妇”实为性奴隶,这给受害者造成了严重伤害。

该委员会在总结发言时提出建议,要求日本制定全面的反歧视法律,在不妨碍言论自由的前提下打击种族仇恨言论,并立即成立全国性的人权机构。

消除种族歧视委员会是根据联合国《消除一切形式种族歧视国际公约》设立的负责监测缔约国履行公约义务情况的条约机构,成立于1970年。该委员会由18名专家组成,其职能是审查缔约国履约情况并提出建议。

本月11日至29日,消除种族歧视委员会第85届会议在日内瓦威尔逊宫举行,审议萨尔瓦多、美国、秘鲁、喀麦隆、伊拉克、日本和爱沙尼亚等国反种族歧视的情况。

(原标题:联合国消除种族歧视委员会对日本种族歧视现象提出关切)(编辑:SN182)

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