Buraku Liberation and Human Rights Research Institute (BLHRRI)


The Buraku Liberation Research Institute (BLRI) was established in 1968 in cooperation with the Buraku Liberation League (BLL) and with the administrative assistance of Osaka Prefecture and Osaka City. In July 1998, it changed the name to the Buraku Liberation and Human Rights Research Institute (BLHRRI).


For the purposes of eliminating all forms of discrimination including Buraku discrimination and establishing human rights in society, the BLHRRI conducts research and investigation in the fields of history, society, economy, legislation, culture, education and civil movements, and publishes results of research works. It also develops curriculums and programs for human rights training and awareness-raising, and provides them in the forms of human rights courses, seminars, workshops, symposium, etc. It is a membership organization.

Organizational Structure

Investigation & Research Division

  1. Research Committees: 27 Committees covering areas of “awareness-raising,” “human rights,” “research/administration,” “education and community,” and “history and theory.” Achievements of research works of committees are published in our bi-monthly “Bulletin of Buraku Liberation.”

  2. Investigation and Research Projects: 13 projects including, “discrimination based on work and descent”; Reforms in Meiji Restoration and Buraku problem; Urban lower and Buraku problem; Reproduction project of “Former documents relating to Chori during Edo period“; “Osaka Buraku history” project; “History of the post-war Buraku liberation movement” project; Project concerning protection of personal information of employees and CSR; Research on human rights community development; Research on development of community education system; Research on the employment problem among youth; Career education and human rights; Study on awareness in human rights and Buraku problem; and the project on Japanese Constitution.

  3. Buraku Liberation and human rights education/awareness project

  4. Editing Committee on Buraku History of Osaka

Education and Training Division

The Division regularly organizes and offers the following human rights training programs to different sectors of society. Some programs are organized jointly with the business sector, local governments, religious sector and NGOs.

  1. Buraku Liberation and Human Rights Leadership Course: Launched in 1974. Three courses a year, 29 days per course, and 65 trainees for each course. As of 2006, about 4,200 people have completed the course since the beginning.

  2. Buraku Liberation and Human Rights Summer Course at Mt. Koya: Since 1970, the summer course has been organized every August at Mt. Koyasan. Every year, about 2,000 people attend. As a beginner course, it offers two plenary sessions and five different thematic lecture courses for three days. It has been organized 38 times as of 2007.

  3. Buraku Liberation Summer Course for Western Japan: Since 1976, it has been organized every July in different parts of the west Japan. It is usually attended by 4,000 people. As of 2007, it has been organized 32 times.

  4. Human Rights and Dowa Course for the Business Sector: To train human rights trainers mainly in the business sector, the course has been organized since 1980 in cooperation between state agencies, local governments and industrial organizations. As of 2007, it has been organized 28 times.

  5. Human Rights Training and Research Assembly: For exchanging human rights training experiences and developing research works, the assembly is organized nationwide every February. About 3,000 people get together to share their own experiences and opinions according to what they have learned in the plenary and workshops. Fieldwork is also organized to visit historical spots relating to human rights in a host place.

  6. Human Rights Training Tokyo Course: Since 1987, the Tokyo Course has been organized to train human rights training leaders in the business sector, local governments, religious organizations and mass-media. The course continues for 12 days. As of 2006, about 1,200 people have completed the course.


As of 2007, about 90,000 books and publications concerning Buraku and human rights problems are possessed in the Library. These are open to the public and available for lending. The Library also provides consultation service for research work or learning. Library opens Monday through Saturday.

Publishing & Sales

  1. Monthly magazine "Human Rights"

  2. Bimonthly bulletin "Buraku Liberation Research"

  3. Year Book on Human Rights (annual report on human rights developments in Japan)

  4. Annual publication of “Discriminatory Incidents Occurred throughout the Country” (since 1981)

  5. Audio-visual materials: Educational video-films are produced

Latest film “Living together – We develop our own future” describing unspoken thoughts and feeling of minority people including Buraku people, Korean people, migrant workers, sexual minorities, etc.

* The above is available only in Japanese.

International Exchange Project

  1. Exchange programs with human rights researchers and human rights campaigners abroad including ethnic minority, indigenous people, people affected by “discrimination based on work and descent,” and religious minority.

  2. Publication of quarterly “Buraku Liberation News” in English (also available in this website).

  3. Mail-magazine of “SOS Torture” in Japanese to intervene human rights violations occurring different parts of the world. Information source is OMCT World Organization Against Torture.

  4. Monitoring the observation and reporting of the Japanese government of international human rights instruments ratified by itself.

  5. Publication and production of educational materials for Buraku problem, Buraku liberation movement, caste-based discrimination in India, and “Hyong-pyong Movement” of Korea for and by “Paek-jeong”.

“HARADA Tomohiko” Memorial Fund

The late HARADA Tomohiko was the first chairperson of BLHRRI. As a researcher, he has accomplished excellent works for the solution of Buraku problem. To encourage excellent researches that contribute to the elimination of all forms of discrimination, the HARADA Tomohiko Memorial Funds was established in 1985. Every year, researchers of Buraku history or other human rights issues are awarded grant for their research activities.

Board of Directors

Chairperson  Nobuaki TERAKI (Mr) Professor of Momoyama Gakuin University
Vice Chairperson Machiko OHNO (Ms) Attorney at law
Directors Kenzo TOMONAGA (Mr) Chief Director of the BLHRRI
Takamichi UESUGI (Mr) Professor of Kioh University
Hitoshi OKUDA (Mr) Professor of Kinki University
Suehiro KITAGUCHI (Mr) Secretary General of Buraku Liberation League Osaka, Professor of Kinki University
Midori KUROKAWA (Ms) Professor of Shizuoka University
Masahiko TANIGAWA (Mr) Executive board member of Buraku Liberation League Osaka
Kenichi NAKAGAWA (Mr) Journalist
Seiji NAKAMURA (Mr) Head of Research Division of BLHRRI
Michihiko NOGUCHI (Mr) Professor of Osaka City University
Akio NOMURA (Mr) Chairperson of Osaka Chamber of Commerce
Yasumasa HIRASAWA (Mr) Professor of Osaka University Graduate School
Masanao MURAKAMI (Mr) Professor of Osaka University Graduate School
Auditors Junichi NAKAMOTO (Mr) President of Osaka City Human Rights Association
Shigeru MURAI (Mr) Senior Director of Osaka Prefecture Human Rights Association
Advisors Masaaki UEDA (Mr) Professor Emeritus of Kyoto University
Shigeyuki KUMISAKA (Mr) President of Executive  Committee of Central Headquarters of Buraku Liberation League
Masanao MURAKAMI (Mr) Professor of Osaka University Graduate School
Shozo SUZUKI (Mr) Professor Emeritus of Kansai University
Thoru MATSUOKA (Mr) Chairperson of Buraku Liberation League Osaka, Member of House of Representatives
Kinhide MUSHAKOJI (Mr) Director of Asia-Pacific Research Center of Osaka University of Economics and Law

Address :  1-6-12 Kuboyoshi, Naniwaku, Osaka City, Japan  556-0028

Tel   :  +81-6-6568-0905 ,   Fax  :  +81-6- 6568-0714

URL :  http://blhrri.org

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