chapter  12
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Japan and the international human rights procedures

The ‘han-nichi’ narrative
WithSaul J. Takahashi

This chapter focuses on positions taken by the government, draws on statements and lobbying efforts by other political actors, including not only politicians but right wing ‘civil society’ organisations. Aside from the case of the Coomaraswamy report on ‘comfort women’, the government attitude towards international human rights bodies could have been described as polite but dismissive. Japan dealt with international human rights bodies in a relatively superficial manner. Japan is state party to most of the core international human rights conventions. Japan’s stance towards the treaty bodies and to the international human rights procedures in general, was as a rule hardly bellicose. The language, at least in the Japanese original, seems to be an attempt by the government to diminish David Kaye’s report as the notions of merely one misguided individual, as opposed to the analysis of an international expert recognised by the international community.