The Impact of International Human Rights Law on Resident Aliens in Japan


in International Law, Human Rights, and Japanese Law

Published in print September 1998 | ISBN: 9780198259121
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191681905 | DOI:
The Impact of International Human Rights Law on Resident Aliens in Japan

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This chapter analyses the relation of the impact of international law on Japanese law with specific issues on human rights, particularly the human rights of resident aliens. The main focus of the analysis is on Koreans, who comprise the largest group of resident aliens in Japan, although the analysis applies mutatis mutandis to other resident aliens as well. The Koreans, as well as the Taiwanese were Japanese nationals during the time that their countries were part of the Japanese empire, but after the war ended, they were expatriated to Japan, stripped of their Japanese nationality, and then repatriated to their respective countries; the ones left in Japan have since been regarded as aliens. To analyse the present situation of resident aliens in the light of international human rights law is to demonstrate that international human rights law has indeed had a significant impact on the situation of these resident aliens.

Keywords: international law; Japanese law; resident aliens; Koreans; Taiwanese

Chapter.  41786 words. 

Subjects: Public International Law

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