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Japan to set human rights guidelines for companies

Rules especially focused on tackling issue of forced, child labor

A laborer picks cotton in China's Xinjiang region in October 2020: Apparel maker H&M cut ties with Chinese suppliers in the province following allegations of rights abuses there.   © AP

TOKYO -- The Japanese government will draft guidelines for human rights due diligence as early as this summer to help companies detect and prevent human rights violations in their supply chains, Nikkei has learned.

The guidelines will instruct companies on developing procedures for unannounced inspections to check for instances of forced or child labor in their supply chains.

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