Not mentioned in neither the fourth nor the fifth report of the state party.
Concluding Observations of the Committee on the Elimination of the Racial Discrimination (CERD) to the Japanese government in March 2001 noted concern regarding discriminatory statements made by high ranking public officials. (See the Background below)
In March 22, 2001, during the Judicial Committee session of the House of Councilors, the government explained that the observation was made in reference to Tokyo Governor, Shintaro Ishihara.
Nevertheless, Governor Ishihara has been repeatedly making discriminatory comments even after the above Observation was made by the CERD. In fall 2001, he made comments implying that the "old women who have lost their reproductive function are not worth living" (see the Background below) in a magazine interview and in the Tokyo City Parliament session.
Governor Ishihara is not the only one making these kinds of comments. Members of the parliament are making discriminatory remarks against women; there is sexual harassment and a hostile environment toward women seen in the legislatures.
These recurring discriminatory acts by high public officials show that the Japanese government has not taken any measures to implement recommendations from the UN, and the government has no intention of dealing with the discriminatory acts of public officials-- leaving the problem as it is.
13. The Committee notes with concern statements of discriminatory character made by high-level public officials and, in particular, the lack of administrative or legal action taken by the authorities, as a consequence, in violation of article 4 (c) of the Convention, and the interpretation that such acts can be punishable only if there is an intention to incite and promote racial discrimination. The State party is urged to take appropriate measures to prevent such incidents in the future and to provide appropriate training of, in particular, public officials, law enforcement officers, and administrators with a view to combat prejudices which lead to racial discrimination, in compliance with article 7 of the Convention.