U.S. Keeps Highest Rank for Japan in Tackling Human Trafficking

Politics

Washington, June 20 (Jiji Press)--The United States maintained the highest rank for Japan regarding efforts to eliminate human trafficking, the U.S. Department of State said in an annual report Thursday.

"The government of Japan fully meets the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking," according to the latest Trafficking in Persons Report.

As "authorities continued to demonstrate serious and sustained efforts during the reporting period," Japan remained on Tier 1, the highest category on a scale of four created by the department for assessing countries' action to combat human trafficking, the report said.

Japan was placed in the Tier 2 category for the 13th straight year through 2017 due to problems including ones related to so-called JK businesses, or dating services offered by underage girls for adult men. JK stands for "joshi kosei," which means high school girls in Japanese.

Japan was raised to Tier 1 last year for the first time ever.

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