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Human rights in Southeast Asia suppliers become priority in Japan

Ajinomoto and ANA work with NGOs to identify ethics issues of business partners

TOKYO -- Japanese companies are paying more attention to human rights abuses in their supply chains, spurred in part by the United Nations and other international organizations.

Food maker Ajinomoto is one of them. Since it is difficult to collect information on how workers are treated at its overseas suppliers -- many in developing countries -- the company has turned to nongovernmental organizations for help.

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