Japan

Region
Asia-Pacific
Regional Court
Not party to a court
Regional Organisations
Asia Cooperation Dialogue
Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development
Bali Process
ASEAN Regional Forum
Legal System
Civil
International Obligations
Slavery
Servitude
Forced Labour
Human Trafficking

International Instruments

1926 Slavery Convention
Not Party
1953 Protocol to the Slavery Convention
Not Party
1956 Supplementary Slavery Convention
Not Party
1966 ICCPR
21 June 1979
1930 Forced Labour Convention
21 November 1932
2014 Protocol to the 1930 Forced Labour Convention
Not Party
1957 Abolition of Forced Labour Convention
Not Party
1999 Worst Forms of Child Labour Convention
18 June 2001
2000 Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons
11 July 2017
1998 Rome Statute of the ICC
17 July 2007

Summary of Domestic Prohibition

Slavery and Slave Trade
Practices Similar to Slavery
Servitude
Forced or Compulsory Labour
Human Trafficking
Provisions related to slavery are found in the Criminal Code at article 226-2 which prohibits buying or selling human beings. Article 18 of the Constitution also declares that no person shall be held in bondage of any kind.
There appears to be no legislation in place in Japan which prohibits institutions and practices similar to slavery.
Provisions related to servitude are found in the Constitution at article 18 which prohibits involuntary servitude except as punishment for a crime.
Provisions related to forced labour are found in the Labour Standards Law which criminalises forcing workers to work against their will by means of violence, intimidation, imprisonment, or any other unfair restraint on the mental or physical freedom of the workers. employment placement, labor recruitment or labor supply by means of violence, intimidation, confinement or other unjust restraint on mental or physical freedom.
Provisions related to trafficking in persons are found in the Act on Punishment of Activities Relating to Child Prostitution and Child Pornography, and the Protection of Children, which criminalises trafficking in children for the purpose of child prostitution under article 8.

Legislative Provisions

THE CONSTITUTION OF JAPAN 1946

CRIMINAL CODE

EMPLOYMENT SECURITY ACT 1947

LABOUR STANDARDS LAW

THE LAW FOR PUNISHMENT OF ORGANIZED CRIMES, CONTROL OF CRIME PROCEEDS AND OTHER MATTERS

ACT OF PUNISHMENT OF ACTIVITIES RELATING TO CHILD PROSTITUTION AND CHILD PORNOGRAPHY, AND THE PROTECTION OF CHILDREN

AWAD REPORT

ENGEN REPORT

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