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Japan to help companies check suppliers' human rights records

Tokyo asks ILO to look for labor issues in Vietnam, Bangladesh and Cambodia

A woman works at a garment factory in Vietnam. Half of all listed Japanese companies that responded to a survey have not been doing any human rights investigations. (Photo by Rie Ishii)

TOKYO -- Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry will partner with the International Labor Organization to look into companies' foreign suppliers for human rights violations, Nikkei has learned.

With corporate activities further globalizing, more Japanese companies are coming under increasing pressure to ensure that the parts of their supply chains that run through Asia are free of child and forced labor.

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