Democracy and Human Rights Program
Asia Needs to Go for “Anti-Oppression” through Public-Private Cooperation [in Japanese]
Summary An article by GGR Researcher, Professor Maiko Ichihara of the Hitotsubashi University Graduate School of Law, appeared in the October 30, 2022 issue of the Shinano Mainichi Shimbun’s “Tashi-saisai” column. Professor Ichihara explained that governments need to promote anti-oppression efforts by cooperating with the private sector in response to the growing trend of suppression of speech in Asia. After the World War II, Asian governments had maintained relations with other countries based on the principle of non-interventionism, whereas today there are many civilian leaders who proactively oppose authoritarian governments. Taking the Sunnylands Initiative, which was held in Japan this year, as an example, Professor Ichihara pointed out that such public-private cooperations are essential in supporting those who are subjected to suppression of speech.