Violence against women and girls
In July, after considering Japan's sixth periodic report, the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) expressed its concern at the obstacles faced by women victims of domestic and sexual violence when bringing complaints and seeking protection. It was particularly concerned at the precarious situation of immigrant women, minority women and women of vulnerable groups.
CEDAW reiterated its recommendation that Japan should urgently find a lasting solution for the situation of the "comfort women" – survivors of Japan's military sexual slavery system. This should include compensation for the victims, the prosecution of perpetrators and educating the Japanese public about these crimes. Twelve local councils adopted resolutions calling for an apology and compensation for survivors of the "comfort women" system.
Amnesty International visits/report
Amnesty International delegates visited Japan in February and April.Hanging by a thread: mental health and the death penalty in Japan (10 September 2009)