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Corporate Japan focusing on global sustainability despite setbacks

Contributions to healthier society could also boost market presence

The official logos of the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games. (Courtesy of Tokyo 2020)

TOKYO -- Under the leadership of President Donald Trump, the U.S. setback in the fight against global climate change, as well as the move toward protectionism, is threatening efforts by corporations to pursue their social responsibilities. But Japanese companies are increasingly aware of their mission in society as the 2020 Tokyo Olympics approach.

ANA Holdings last year conducted due diligence for the first time exclusively for the risk of possible violation of human rights by itself and its suppliers. Chikako Miyata, an official in charge of promoting corporate social responsibility, said the review has made the major air carrier face the growing risk of human rights abuses.

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