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Monthly 'Zaikai Nippon' wrote on HRWF report on Japan's human rights abuse

Monthly 'Zaikai Nippon' (April 2012), in its 'Series: Japan's Human Rights' printed an article on a report compiled by an international human rights NGO based in Europe, following its investigation over Japan's abduction, confinement and forced deconversion.  

The article, written by Chu Murou, a journalist specialized in religious affaris, is entitled "Finally an international human rights group investigated Japan's abduction and confinement for the purpose of forced deconversion - Human Rights Without Frontiers International (HRWF) reported detailed situations; Now available online".  It introduces HRWF, reports about how the investigation was initiated as well as its interviewing methods applied by its director Willy Fautre.

The article said: "The report entitled 'Japan: Abduction and Deprivation of Freedom for the Purpose of Religious De-conversion' has overwhelming quality and quantity, comparable with its earlier report on North Korea, which was submitted to the Universal Periodical Review (UPR) at the United Nations Human Rights Council,  indicating the importance attached to Japan's religious kidnapping and confinenemt problems. " The article evaluated the investigative methods used by Director Willy Fautre and said: "His investigative methods were very professionally applied to his interviews with all the available abduction victims." It appreciated his ways of questioning: "It looked like he was throwing marginal questions, but by analyzing their reactions and answers, he swiftly assessed their personality, credibility and issues emerging from their testimonies."

The article argues about the report's significance as follows: "An American human rights organization which had been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize twice, American Enterprize Institute for Public Policy Research (AEI), issued a statement on January 2010 to the Japanese government, the Diet, prosecutors, police and human rights organizations, demanding immediate actions to halt the kidnapping and confinement. With the latest report from the European body, West's authoritative human rights organizations voiced together their concern and regrets about the forced de-conversion taking place in Japan." 

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