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Japan must hit back at human-rights abusers

Failure to enact Magnitsky-style law would make Tokyo a G-7 outlier

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A tombstone on the grave of lawyer Sergei Magnitsky at a cemetery in Moscow: Magnitsky was a tax lawyer, who was beaten to death in a Russian prison in 2009 after claiming to have uncovered widespread fraud involving corrupt officials.   © AP

Associate professor James D.J. Brown is academic program coordinator for international affairs at Temple University's Japan Campus.

After adopting the European Magnitsky Act on Dec. 7, the EU can now impose asset freezes and travel bans on individuals worldwide who are responsible for serious human-rights abuses.

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