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FY 2011/2012 Research Topic: 4-20
Elimination of Child Labor in a Multi-Actor Approach


Child labor is one of the most important development issues facing the world, and it demands immediate attention. The urgency has grown in the wake of the world economic crisis, which impeded the elimination of child labor. This is why the international community needs to make efforts toward this goal.

Japan, which depends heavily on imports from developing countries, is far behind the conventions adopted by developed countries to minimize the risks of victimizing children in developing countries. It lacks the laws and regulations to deny imports produced through child labor. The eradication of child labor is yet to enter the mainstream for Japanese ODA.

In the meantime, awareness of this issue among Japanese citizens is gradually rising as interest in other social issues, including the environment and fair trade, grow. Japanese corporations have also started to embrace corporate social responsibility and adopt codes to restrict products made with child labor. Thus, now is the best time for various actors in Japan, i.e. the government, citizens and businesses, to work together to contribute to the eradication of child labor in the world.

This research project invites key members of the above-mentioned actor groups to contribute to a book on Japan’s ideal approaches toward child labor eradication. The project will focus on how seemingly independent actors in Japan should be integrated and which approaches should be taken by each actor.


April 2010 - February 2012

Members of the Research Project

[ Organizer ] YAMAGATA Tatsufumi
[ Co-researchers ] NAKAMURA Mari
KAIDA Machiko (Japan International Center for the Rights of the Child)
KITAZAWA Koh (Fair Trade Resource Center)
SHIROKI Tomoko (Action against Child Exploitation)
HORIUCHI Mitsuko (Bunkyo Gakuin University)
IRIGAKI Hidetoshi (Japan International Cooperation Agency)
FUJINO Atsuko (Kyoto Sangyo University)