International Institute for Religious Freedom

Bonn – Cape Town – Colombo



Japan: Diet passes Japan’s first law to curb hate speech

Taken from USCIRF Daily News Digest - May 31, 2016

Japan: In Japan, Nervous Muslims Condemn Islamic State

Taken from USCIRF Daily News Digest - February 04, 2015

Japan: A landmark court decision: Kidnappers and deprogrammers to pay dozens of million yen for attempted forceful change of religion

Toru Goto confined by relatives for 12 years and 5 months for 'deprogramming' by an Evangelical pastor and another person; Brother, sister-in-law and sister to pay 22 million yen (1 EUR=145 yen); Depr...

Japan: Japan's Policy of Denial on Religious Freedom (Huffington Post)

Taken from USCIRF Daily News Digest - July 30, 2014

Japan: Change of religion, kidnapping and confinement for over 12 years: A Japanese wins an important lawsuit

A Japanese man who had been kidnapped by family members, confined for 12 years and subjected to violent attempts to renounce his new religious affiliation has won a court ruling against his captors an...

Japan: Abduction cases of converts to a new religious movement

Human Rights Without Frontiers complains about impunity in a submission to the UN Human Rights Committee

Kidnapping and confinement for the purpose of forceful religious de-conversion in France and in Japan: a brief comparative study

In late August 2011, Marie Truong, a 24-year old woman, was kidnapped in Auriol (France) and taken to Corsica Island by her parents because they wanted to "rescue" her from a so-called "cult" and to p...

United States Commission on International Religious Freedom criticizes Japan for violating religious freedom

In its Annual Report on the State of International Religious Freedom, issued on 30 April 2013, the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) drew attention to the plight of ...

Japan: Forceful change of religion: the US Commission on International Religious Freedom targets Japan

"Do you know that in Japan over the past two decades families and "professional deprogrammers" have abducted thousands of individuals to force them to renounce their chosen beliefs?"