ArrowArtboardCreated with Sketch.Title ChevronTitle ChevronIcon FacebookIcon LinkedinIcon Mail ContactPath LayerIcon MailPositive ArrowIcon PrintIcon Twitter

Japan seeks closer human rights scrutiny by companies to fight abuses

New guidelines to call for 'maximum' efforts against forced labor, discrimination

Rows of bunk beds in 2009 in a Mexico City house where laborers were once imprisoned. These people were forced to work at a clandestine factory in the capital. (Handout photo from the Mexico City General Attorney's Office)   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Japan will urge all companies to publicly issue plans for identifying, resolving and preventing human rights violations not only in-house, but across their suppliers, clients, joint ventures and investment portfolios.

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry will submit new draft guidelines to relevant government agencies at a meeting Friday. These will push all companies doing business in Japan to make "maximum efforts" to conduct due diligence on human rights.

Sponsored Content

About Sponsored Content This content was commissioned by Nikkei's Global Business Bureau.

Nikkei Asian Review, now known as Nikkei Asia, will be the voice of the Asian Century.

Celebrate our next chapter
Free access for everyone - Sep. 30

Find out more