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Human Rights of Korean Residents in Japan: A Critical Analysis

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1아오야먀가쿠인대학

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ABSTRACT

Issues concerning human rights of Korean residents in Japan are usually dealt with in the framework of “human rights of aliens” in Japanese constitutional law. However, given the historical background that the Koreans from the ex-colony of Japan came to settle in this country, as well as the fact that they were unilaterally deprived of their Japanese nationality after the war, treating those Koreans and their descendants simply as “foreigners” raises grave concern in terms of their legal status. In addition, Japan is now a State party to a number of human rights treaties, by which it is obligated to ensure rights to all individuals within its jurisdiction regardless of nationality. This article critically analyzes the situation of human rights of Korean residents in Japan in light of international human rights law. It also emphasizes that discrimination against Koreans including hate speech has much to do with the lack of history education, and that human rights treaties provide useful insight on this point as well.

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