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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.

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