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Supply chain human rights abuses a blind spot for Japan: poll

Just 12% say they monitor indirect suppliers for violations

Hong Kong protesters rally in support of the Uyghur minority in China's Xinjiang region. Both Hong Kong and Xinjiang have emerged as hot-button human rights issues.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Only 12% of major Japanese companies in a Nikkei survey said they screen for human rights violations, such as alleged forced labor by Uyghurs in China's Xinjiang region, at businesses that supply them indirectly.

The poll, targeting 100 or so leading executives, highlights the challenges of monitoring risks across sometimes global supply chains and the need for companies to work together to address the issue.

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