Journal of Northeast Asian Studies

, Volume 10, Issue 3, pp 3–15 | Cite as

Japan and the international bill of rights

  • John M. Peek


Points of conflict between the operative law and social practices of Japan, and key UN human rights documents are examined. Differences are found to be more frequent and fundamental in terms of economic than political rights. The general response of the Japanese government to these differences has been a defense of prevailing practices. The positions taken by the government are at times at odds with those of significant segments of the Japanese public. Many of the most disadvantaged of the government’s opponents have turned to the UN for assistance in gaining recognition of their basic rights.


Japanese Government Universal Declaration Northeast ASIAN Study Opposition Parti Japanese Public 
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© Springer-Verlag 1992

Authors and Affiliations

  • John M. Peek
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  1. 1.Centenary College of LouisianaUSA

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