Lawyers to seek law protecting human rights of foreigners

A group of lawyers plans to call for legislation aimed at protecting the human rights of non-Japanese and reducing discrimination against them, group members said Sunday.
The committee's proposal calls for the guarantee of foreigners' voting rights in local elections and their right to ethnic and mother-language education, as well as for sufficient social security and a ban on discrimination.

More than 2 million foreigners are estimated to be living in Japan, including illegal immigrants. While the country is becoming more diversified, there are cases in which non-Japanese are treated unfavorably in jobs or are rejected as tenants or customers.
"Japan's judicial system needs to be changed from one that treats foreigners as objects of control -- as seen in alien registration laws -- to one that centers on human rights," he said.
Good to see that some people actually care about this.