Japanese Foreign Policy and Human Rights
You have to look very carefully in the writing about Japanese foreign policy before the mid-1990s to find any mention of human rights. There were some references to the ambivalent attitudes adopted by Japan in the mid-1970s, when the United States began to stress human rights concerns in its criticisms of the Soviet Union, and there have been some passing comments on Japan’s voting record on human rights resolutions in the UN. Mostly, though, the issue has not been mentioned at all. However at the end of the 1990s human rights issues play a much more important role in both domestic and foreign policy agendas. Two committees exist, attached to the prime minister’s office, to consider detailed domestic policy changes and to promote human rights awareness in the UN decade of human rights education.
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