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Human Rights Commissioners (Jinken Yogo Iin) And Lay Protection Of Human Rights In Japan

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This chapter describes some roles of lay people in protection and promotion of human rights in Japan, with particular emphasis on Civil Liberties Commissioner system. The Japanese term for these volunteers is "Jinken Yogo Iin", which can be literally translated as "Human Rights Protectors"; but, for historical reasons, they are usually referred to, in Japan and elsewhere, as "Civil Liberties Commissioners", and related government agency is referred to as "Civil Liberties Bureau" (Jinken Yogo Kyoku). "Human Rights Commissioners" is linguistically and functionally more accurate; the author refers to them generally as "Commissioners". There are today about 11,500 men and women serving as Commissioners in virtually every town and city in Japan. The chapter explains its origins, its social setting, and its legal and constitutional context. It explains more about the Commissioner system and how it has worked.

Keywords: Civil Liberties Commissioners; Human Rights Protectors; Japan; Jinken Yogo Iin; Jinken Yogo Kyoku



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