HRW is releasing its first report on Japan since opening its office in Tokyo in 2009
attorney at law and the director of Human Rights Watch in Japan
consultant of Human Rights Watch and founder of think-tank New Diplomacy Initiative
actress and television host
Language: The speech and Q&A will be in English
Human Rights Watch is releasing its first report on Japan since opening an office in Tokyo in 2009, the results of an investigation into the country's orphanages and foster parent system. The report examines shortcomings in care for orphans and abused children in Japan, where there is an over-reliance on institutionalization and inherent weaknesses in arrangements for those in the care of foster parents.
Only a small proportion of Japanese orphans are put up for adoption because parents who place children in orphanages do not have to relinquish their parental rights. This, along with resistance to change by an entrenched orphanage system, has meant the rights of the children in institutions are often trampled upon.
An indication of the parlous state of the orphanage system in Japan is provided by the website www.japanorphanages.org, which says "very little information is currently available to people about orphans and orphanages in Japan, and even less so in English." The blurb on the home page of the website goes on to say "Please check back in again for more content."
The report by Human Rights Watch attempts to fill in these blanks and is based on 200 interviews carried out between December 2011 and early 2014 with children in orphanages, adults who previously lived in institutions, foster parents, administrators and others. Human Rights Watch visited 21 institutions and carried out research in 10 prefectures.
The report will make recommendations on overhauling the system to ensure the rights of children are protected and to ensure their best interests are taken into account during interventions.
The findings will be presented at the club by Kanae Doi, an attorney at law and the director of Human Rights Watch in Japan, Sayo Saruta, consultant of Human Rights Watchand founder of think-tank New Diplomacy Initiative and Sahel Rosa, an actress and television host.Come and listen to them shed light on a topic that gets little coverage in the local and overseas press and Human Rights Watch's recommendations for improving the lives of vulnerable children in institutionalized care.
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Kamae Doi Sayo Saruta Sahel Rosa