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Friday, July 26, 2019, 13:00 - 14:00

Koichi Kodama, Attorney, Representative of Attorneys Fighting Against Detention, Hammersmith Oath

Ippei Torii, Executive Director of NPO Solidarity Network with Migrants Japan
Eriko Suzuki, Vice Chair of Solidarity Network with Migrants Japan & Professor, Kokushikan University
Language: The speech and Q & A will be in Japanese with English interpretation.
"Appeal for amnesty for visa overstayers and report on human rights violations of those in detention centers – ahead of 2020 Tokyo Olympics"

In April, the Japanese government revised its immigration law, creating a visa status called 'Specified Skilled Worker.' This represents a shift of the government's policy toward foreign workers as it confronts the reality of a labor shortage amidst an aging, declining population.

But newly arrived foreign workers must not be treated as mere laborers, but accepted as members of Japanese society. Furthermore, the human rights of foreign residents in Japan should be secured, regardless their legal status.

At present, there are about 80,000 foreign residents in Japan. Some are children who were born here. Some have family here. Others cannot go back to their home country for various reasons. At the same time, even as it says it wants more foreign workers, the government has tightened its control over foreign residents in recent years. More and more people have been kept in immigration bureau's detention centers for extended periods of time.

Ahead of 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, Japan should recall the basic concepts of Olympic Charter – respect for human rights and anti-discrimination, and the concept of Tokyo Olympics – diversity and harmony. Please join us as some of Japan's leading immigration and human rights experts look at the current situation and what still needs to be done to protect the rights of current, and future, foreign residents.

Doors open for TV crew only at 12:15, all others at 12:30. Please reserve in advance, 3211-3161 or on the website (still & TV cameras inclusive). Reservations and cancellations are not complete without confirmation. Livestreaming of press conferences are available on our website(
*Due to space restrictions, please note there will be a limited number of reservations to attend. FCCJ members, including TV cameras, will have priority for the reservation and seating/setting positions and one TV camera for affiliate networks.
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 Koichi Kodama                  Ippei Torii                            Eriko Suzuki

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