The Buraku Liberation and Human Rights Research Institute (BLHRRI)
Year Established: 1968
Short Historical Background
The Buraku Liberation Research Institute (BLRI),established in 1968 in cooperation with the Buraku Liberation League (BLL),aims to eliminate all forms of discrimination in Japan including Buraku discrimination. In July 1998, it changed its name to Buraku Liberation and Human Rights Research Institute (BLHRRI). In 2013, with the reform of the corporate system, the Cabinet Office approved its new status as a general incorporated association.
BLHRRI aims to eliminate all forms of discrimination including Buraku discrimination, and establish human rights in society.
Programs and Activities
On occasion of recent reform of corporate system in Japan, we reorganized our activities in the following.
Investigation and Research Division
Research Committees – we started with the following five research committees.
(1) buraku disicrimination and history
(2) gender discrimination
(3) human rights education
(4) Anti-discrimination law
(5) Poverty and social exclusion
Education and Training Division
The Division regularly organizes the following human rights training programs for different sectors of society:
Buraku Liberation and Human Rights Leadership Course - launched in 1974, this is a twenty-six-day course involving fifty trainees and offered two times a year. As of 2014, about 5,000 people have already completed the course.
Buraku Liberation and Human Rights Summer Course at Mt. Koya - since 1970, the summer course has been organized every August at Mt. Koya with about 1,300 participants for each course.
Buraku Liberation Summer Course for Western Japan - this is a course held every June in different parts of west Japan since 1976, and usually attended by about three thousand people.
Human Rights and Dowa Course for the Business Sector - this is a course for human rights trainers mainly in the business sector, and offered since 1980 in cooperation between state agencies, local governments and industrial organizations. It is held twice every year.
Human Rights Training and Research Assembly - this is a gathering of participants from different parts of Japan to exchange human rights training experiences and develop research works. Organized every year in different parts of the country, it is attended by an average of three thousand people each year.
Human Rights Training Tokyo Course - since 1987, the Tokyo Course has been organized for human rights training leaders in the business sector, local governments, religious organizations and mass media.
Publications *All Japanese language
- Human Rights - monthly magazine
- Buraku Liberation Research
- Discriminatory Incidents that Occurred throughout the Country (2014)
- Year Book on Human Rights - annual report on human rights developments in Japan (2013)
- Tools of Talk – Hints of Training (2010)
- Human Rights Violations by Media and Reform of Media - From the point of view of human rights and freedom of the press (2010)
- Introduction of International Convention on All Form of Racial Discrimination (2009)
- Dissemination from Buraku History Research (Vol.1-3) (2009)
- Internet and Human Rights - Surviving the internet society (2009)
- For the Realization of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (2008)
- Adult Learning – for Leaders of Human Rights Education (2008)
Other related activities
BLHRRI is also involved in the activities of the following organizations.
- • Osaka Prefectural Citizens’ Meeting for Realizing the Establishment of the Graduate Institute of International Human Rights.
- • Osaka Liaison Meeting for Universal Declaration for Human Rights
- • National Research Meeting for Buraku History
- • New Media Human Rights Organization
- • International Movement against Discrimination and Racism
- • International Movement against Discrimination and Racism - Japan Committee
- • Network for Realizing National Levelers Declaration to be UNESCO Memory of the World.
- • Citizens' Committee Calling for Enactment of an Anti-discrimination Law in Japan
The Buraku Liberation and Human Rights Research Institute
8F, HRC Bldg., 4-1-37 Namiyoke, Minato-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka, Japan 552-0001
ph (816) 6581 8530 fax (816) 6581 8540