Human Rights Now is an international human rights NGO based in Tokyo, Japan and its members comprise over 700 individuals and organizations, including lawyers, scholars, journalists, law firms, former UN official, retired Japanese Supreme Court Justices, and activists.
Human Rights Now works for promotion and protection of human rights for the people in the world, with special focus in Asia.
Our mission is to take action to: 1) Contribute to the promotion and protection of human rights worldwide, with a special focus on Asian countries; 2) Contribute to the development of international human rights standards and norms through the UN and other international institutions; and 3) Promote the incorporation of international human rights standards within the domestic framework in Japan.
In particular, we seek to make a concerted effort to improve the human rights situation in the Asian region, where many people are suffering from serious human rights abuses. By highlighting the situation and enabling victims of abuse to have their voices heard, we spare all effort to make a positive difference. In working to achieve these goals, we would be very ha ppy to cooperate closely with international and grassroots NGOs around the world.
- Tokyo, Headquarter
7F Creative One Akihabara Bldg., 5-3-4 Ueno, Taito-ku, Tokyo 110-0005 JAPAN
(7 minutes' walk from JR Okachimachi or Akihabara station)
- Contact us
- Tel：+81-3-3835-2110 Fax：+81-3-3834-1025
- NY Office
- Human Rights Now New York Office
1178 Broadway, Suite 307 New York, NY 10001
Tel：Phone: (917) 921-9472 Fax: (212) 202-3532
Attn: Mari Inoue
Board of Directors
President : Kohki Abe (Professor of Law, Kanagawa University
School of Law)
Vice-President : Hiroko Goto (Professor of Law, Chiba University School of Law)
Secretary General : Kazuko Ito (Attorney at Law)
Osamu Shiraishi (Director of Asia-Pacific Human Rights Information Center)
Toshiro Ueyanagi (Attorney at Law, former Director of the Office of the International Affairs, JFBA, Professor of Law, University of Tokyo Law School), Yasushi Higashizawa (Attorney at Law, Professor of Law, Meiji Gakuin University School of Law, elected member of International Criminal Bar), Makoto Ito (President, Ito-juku), Osamu Niikura (Professor of Law, Aoyama Gakuin Universitys' Law-School), SHIN Hae Bong（Professor of the Aoyama Gakuin Universitys' Law Faculty), Setsuo Miyazawa (Professor of Law, Aoyama Gakuin University School of Law), Kanae Doi（Attorney at Law）Auditor : Juri Yukita (Secretary General of HRN Kansai, Attorney at Law), Michiya Kumaoka (Visiting Professor, Graduate Program on Human Security, (Graduate School of Arts and Sciences,) University of Tokyo Refugee Examination Counselor, Ministry of Justice, Board Member of Japan International Volunteer Center (JVC) Former President /Executive Director )
Auditor Hiromichi Hamada (Attorney at Law)
Yuji Iwasawa (Professor of the Tokyo Universitys' Law Faculty, Chairperson of the Human Rights Committee), Chihiro Ito (Journalist), Itsuo Sonobe (Attorney at Law, Former Justice of Supreme Court of Japan), Susumu Oishi (Senior Adviser of Nippon Hyoron Sha Co., Ltd.), Takao Suami (Professor of Law, Waseda University School of Law) Frank Upham (Professor of Law, New York University School of Law), Yozo Yokota (Professor of Law in the Faculty of Law at Chuo University, Special Adviser to the Rector of United Nations University)
Kunio Hamada (Attorney at Law, Mori Hamada & Matsumoto, Former Justice of Supreme Court of Japan), Nobuhisa Ishizuka (Attorney at Law, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP), Shigeaki Itoh (Attorney at Law, City-Yuwa Partners), Harumichi Uchida (Attorney at Law, Mori Hamada & Matsumoto), Koichiro Ohashi (Attorney at Law, White & Case LLP), Kazuki Okada (Attorney at Law, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer), Tatsu Katayama (Attorney at Law, Anderson Mﾅ荒i & Tomotsune), Hideaki Kubori (Attorney at Law, Hibiya Park Law Offices), Masahiro Shimojo (Attorney at Law, Nishimura & Asahi), Katsumi Shirai (Attorney at Law, TMI Associates), Kunio Hamada (Attorney at Law, Hibiya Park Law Offices), Hisashi Hara (Attorney at Law, Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu), Peter J. Stern (Attorney at Law, Morrison & Foerster LLP)
Secretary General : Kazuko Ito
Secretary General of HRN Kansai : Juri Yukita
Representative of HRN New York office : Mari Inoue