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Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery in Japan

Women in Law Japan is excited to announce a special event on Thursday 19th April 2018. We have partnered with Lighthouse Japan for this event which will focus on the issue of human trafficking and modern slavery in Japan. This event is open to all genders, provided that they RSVP by following the instructions given. We are expecting a full house so please register early to avoid any disappointment. We would like to thank Nishimura & Asahi for kindly hosting this event and look forward to seeing you there. 

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Human trafficking takes away a person’s right to freedom by harboring, transferring and forcing someone to perform a duty using threat, fraud or coercion, in order to exploit them for profit. It is modern-day slavery. There are estimated to be around 21 million people trafficked around the world. Japan does not fully meet the minimum global standards for the elimination of trafficking. Human trafficking is rampant in Japan in the form of forced labour, exploitation and sex trafficking, especially that of young children. It is known to be a destination, source and transit country for trafficking. A lack of equal opportunities for women, poverty, domestic violence and the sexual commodification of children in the media and popular culture all contribute to this issue. The tolerance of organized crime in Japan also leads to opportunities for vulnerable people to be targeted and exploited in Japan’s lucrative and cash rich sex industry. For corporates in Japan it is essential to be aware of the risk of doing business with entities and individuals who may be funding or profiting from human trafficking activity and to be clear on understanding how to manage and communicate their position and responsibilities on human trafficking, both internally and also to business partners, stakeholders, customers and the global business community. Companies must be confident that their brand, platforms and products are not unintentionally providing financing or advertising for any unlawful activity. For our own families and communities it is also essential we all understand and are aware of the reality and the risks prevalent in society.
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18:30 - Doors Open - Registration & Networking - Welcome Drinks and Light Food

19:00 - Welcome from Ms Maya Ito, Partner, Nishimura & Asahi

19:10 - Human Trafficking in Japan - Lighthouse Japan will discuss their work and experience of supporting victims in Japan

19:40 - The Legal Case - The legal aspect of supporting victims in Japan

20:00 - The Corporate Case - Lessons from investigations and implementation of compliance programs

20:30 - Q&A

20:45 - 21:00 - Drinks and Networking