U.S. Report Cites Persistent Sexual Harassment at Workplace in Japan

Politics

Washington, March 13 (Jiji Press)--The U.S. Department of State in an annual human rights report released on Wednesday cited persistent sexual harassment in the workplace in Japan.

In the first survey of its kind, in 2016, Japan's Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry reported that 30 pct of women in full- and part-time employment in the country complained of "being sexually harassed at work," according to the U.S. report. The figure stood at 35 pct among full-time workers, it added.

The report also noted that in April last year, the then Japanese vice finance minister resigned after allegations that he sexually harassed a female journalist.

The Japanese government has since released a set of preventive measures, including requiring all central government officials to take mandatory training courses, the report pointed out.

The U.S. report showed concern over China's human rights situation, saying that the country's government "significantly intensified" its campaign of mass detention of members of Muslim minority groups in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region in 2018.

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