Former-defense chief Nakatani to be Japan's adviser on human rights

Japan: A former Japanese defence minister Gen Nakatani will be appointed as the prime minister's rights aide, according to a cabinet official. Fumio Kishida, Japan's new prime minister, has said that Japan should stand firm for democracy in Hong Kong, which is ruled by China, and that he supports a parliamentary resolution condemning China's treatment of its Uyghur Muslim minority.

When asked about a meeting between Kishida and a former defence minister earlier in the day amid speculation he would become the prime minister's aide on rights, Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihiko Isozaki said arrangements were being made to appoint Gen Nakatani to the post on Wednesday. Nakatani, 64, wants to introduce a Japanese version of the United States' Magnitsky Act, which allows foreign human rights violators to be punished with asset freezes and travel bans in the United States.

Since 2016, Chinese authorities have been accused of facilitating forced labour by detaining approximately a million Uyghurs and other predominantly Muslim minorities in camps. China denies any wrongdoing, claiming that vocational training centres have been established to combat Islamist militancy. Nakatani's appointment is scheduled for Wednesday, when parliament will hold a special session to re-elect Kishida as prime minister following his ruling Liberal Democratic Party's election victory on Oct. 31.

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