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Japan eyes US-style law to sanction Uighur human rights abuses

Japanese businesses face pressure to examine China supply chain

Ethnic Uighurs participate in a protest against China in Istanbul on Oct. 1. Beijing's treatment of the Muslim minority has sparked an outcry worldwide.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- As China faces growing criticism for its treatment of Uighur Muslims, Japan has begun weighing a legal foundation for sanctions like those imposed by the U.S. and Europe, with implications for Japanese companies that might be unknowingly contributing to the problem.

Eleven Japanese companies were among the 82 well-known global brands named in a report in March by the Australian Global Policy Institute as those relying on factories that use forced Uighur laborers. 

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