Research Activities

Research Projects

Business and Human Rights: Study of Japanese Corporations and the Challenges Ahead and a Policy Proposal for Responsible Business Conduct and Sustainability (2019_1_10_004)


This project researches how Japanese businesses should integrate respect for human rights into their core operations and how Japanese companies can realize corporate social responsibility and supply chain responsibility, and proposes how the Japanese government can support such thinking in its policies and measures. Our focus is on policy measures in trade, investment, and development assistance, given the significance of labour clauses and sustainability clauses, and we also feed useful materials for the process of the creation of a National Action Plan by the Japanese government based on the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. We aim to function as a platform for discussion with the Japanese government and relevant international organizations regarding the relationship between business and human rights issues, including RBC, sustainable and inclusive supply chains, and sustainability for policy proposals.


April 2019 – March 2020

Members of the Research Project
[ Organizer ] Yamada Miwa
[ Co-researcher ] Sato Hiroshi
[ Co-researcher ] Kobayashi Masayuki
[ Co-researcher ] Yanai Akiko
[ Co-researcher ] Michida Etsuyo
[ Co-researcher ] Kinoshita Yukako (Chair, CSR Committee, Japan Business Council in Europe)
[ Co-researcher ] Takahashi Daisuke (Attorney at Law, Partner, Shinwa Sohgoh Law Offices)
[ Co-researcher ] Kuroda Kaori (Executive Director, CSO Network Japan)
[ Co-researcher ] Doi Kanae (Japan Director, Human Rights Watch)
[ Co-researcher ] Motobayashi Toshihiro (The Japanese Trade Union Confederation - RENGO)
[ Co-researcher ] Oba Tsuneo (Executive Director, Global Compact Network Japan)
[ Co-researcher ] Ushijima Keiichi (Partner, Japan Climate Change and Sustainability Services Leader, EY Japan)
[ Co-researcher ] Tomita Hidemi (Lloyd's Register Japan K.K.)
[ Co-researcher ] Hasegawa Tomoko (Director, SDGs Bureau, KEIDANREN (Japan Business Federation))
  • Policy Briefing
  • IDE Policy Brief
  • Seminar
  • Others(Research Report)