The New Law on Buraku Discrimination 部落差別解消推進法案 

Ian Neary (Nissan Institute Oxford University)
Politics and International Relations
Torre A, Piso 0, Sala 05
Start time:
31 August, 2017 at 11:00
Session slots:

Short abstract:

The panel will consist of hree substantive papers that consider the different levels of significance of this legislation from the perspectives of historian, sociologist and polit.ical scientist

Long abstract:

This is the most significant development in policy towards Buraku discrimination since 1996 and may even represent a new stage in the development of Japan's human rights policy more generally. It is an unexpected policy initiative and does not obviously fit in to the rest of the 'shift to the right' agenda visible in other dimensions of the LDP domestic policy under PM Abe. The aim of the panel is to consider the significance of this piece of domestic policymaking from a number of different disciplinary dimensions. The session will begin with a brief - 5-10 minute - introductory description of the policymaking process from the proposals made by the Wakayama BLL, their endorsement by LDP policy chief Inada Tomomi to submission to the Diet in 2016 and initial implementation in 2017. This will be followed by a description of the other legal initiatives that were taken in the course of 2016 - on disability, to promote female employment, to restrict 'hate speech' and to improve the working conditions of some types of migrant workers. Does this suggest the Japanese state is taking rights seriously, or something else? New Law or Old Issues: Stakeholder expectations on the Bill for the Promotion of the Elimination of Buraku Discrimination, Christopher Bondy, Associate Professor of Sociology, International Christian University, Tokyo The JCP and the new Law, Professor Timothy Amos, University of Singapore