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China sanctions inspire push for Japan's own Magnitsky Act

Lawmakers cross party lines to align country with rest of G-7 on human rights law

Japan's parliament building in Tokyo: The country lacks a clear legal basis for sanctioning foreign officials over human rights.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Japanese lawmakers will launch a cross-party alliance to craft legislation to enable sanctions over human rights abuses, pushing Tokyo to follow the lead of the U.S. and Europe in punishing China for its alleged mistreatment of its Uyghur Muslim minority.

The group -- co-led by former Defense Minister Gen Nakatani of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party and Shiori Yamao of the opposition Democratic Party for the People -- aims to submit legislation to this end during the current session of parliament.

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