Symposium on the Convention on the Rights of the Child
"Challenges for the Rights of Children"
Organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Co-organized by UNICEF Tokyo Office and Japan Committee for UNICEF

As of March, 3, 2010

Registration was closed at full capacity.

On 20th November 2009, the Convention on the Rights of the Child celebrated the 20th Anniversary of adoption at the United Nations. Now that 193 States Parties have already ratified this convention, momentum for promoting its philosophy and sense of respect for the rights of the child as rights-holders has been enhanced all over the world. Japan ratified the Convention in 1994 and its two Optional Protocols (Armed conflict and the sale of children) in 2004 and 2005 respectively, and submitted the third periodic report of the Convention and the first report of the two Optional Protocols. The reports are to be reviewed by the Committee of the Rights of the Child in May 2010.

With the view of promoting "respect and protection of the Rights of the Child" which are stipulated in the Convention on the Rights of the Child and its two Optional Protocols, this symposium will discuss problems which Japan should tackle in this area as well as roles it should play in terms of international cooperation, based on practical recommendations raised by experts and stakeholders and Q & A sessions with the audience.

Date and Venue

Friday 26 March, 2010
Registration: 13:00
Open: 13:10
Symposium: 13:30 - 19:00
International Conference Room at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, Tokyo
(Capacity of the venue: approximately 120seats)
English-Japanese simultaneous interpretation available
Admission free


(Updated as of March 12, 2010)

●13:30 - 13:45 Opening Remarks
Ms. Chinami Nishimura, Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs

●13:45 - 15:15 Session 1: Protection and Promotion of the Rights of the Child

  • Moderator
    Ms. Mitsuko SHINO, Director, Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan
  • Panelists: (in alphabetical order)
    • Aya K. ABE PhD (Senior Researcher, National Institute of Population and Social Security Research)
    • Prof. Masaaki FUKUDA (DCI Japan)
    • Ms. Junko ICHIBA (Attorney at Law)
    • Rintaro MORI MD PhD MSc FRCPCH (Associate Professor, Department of Global Health Policy Graduate School of Medicine, the University of Tokyo)

●15:30 - 17:00 Session 2: Protection from Sexual Exploitation of Children

  • Moderator
    Mr. Ken HAYAMI, Executive Director, Japan Committee for UNICEF
  • Panelists: (in alphabetical order)
    • Ms. Amihan ABUEVA(Asia ACTS Against Child Trafficking)
    • Mr. Keiji GOTO (Lawyer)
    • Ms. Kikuko FUJITA (Communication Director, The Body Shop)
    • Ms. Shihoko FUJIWARA (Coordinator, Polaris Project)

●17:15 - 18:45 Session 3: Children and Armed Conflict

  • Moderator
    Ms. June KUNUGI, Director, UNICEF Tokyo Office
  • Panelists: (in alphabetical order)
    • Mr. Shinichi ASAZUMA (Senior Coordinator, Global Issues Cooperation Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
    • Mr. Mioh NEMOTO (Child Protection Specialist, UNICEF Gaza Zone Office, occupied Palestinian territory)
    • Ms. Dee Brillenburg WURTH (Child Protection Advisor, UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan)
    • Prof. Yozo YOKOTA (Chuo Law School)

●18:45 - 19:00 Closing Remarks
Mr. Hideaki UEDA, Ambassador in charge of Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan


Registration was closed at full capacity.

  1. We will accept registration by e-mail. With notification of "CRC Symposium" in the subject line, please fill in all the necessary items below and send to the following e-mail address by Thursday, March 18.
    (1) Name
    (2) Sex
    (3) Age
    (4) Affiliation/Occupation
    (5) Tel
    (6) Others (Please notify if you need special assistance such as wheelchair assistance)


    *Personal data submitted for registration will be properly administered and used for the sole purpose of the management of this symposium.

  2. The Secretariat will reply to you by e-mail to confirm whether you can attend or not. If you do not receive any reply by Tuesday, March 23, please contact us immediately. Due to reasons such as the limited capacity of the venue (approximately 120 seats), we may need to restrict admissions and stop accepting registrations. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation on this matter in advance.

  3. In order to check your name at the reception on the day, please be prepared to show identification and a printed e-mail for the confirmation of admission (to be sent to qualified applicants) or the message sent to your cell-phone. Please allow us adequate time to check your admission. If you do not carry your ID and the confirmation, we may decline your admission. We thank you for your understanding in advance.


  1. Please follow the instructions by the staff at the venue. In extreme cases, we may decline your admission or ask you to leave.

  2. No parking space is available in and around the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Please make use of public transportation.

  3. No smoking area is available in and around the Ministry. Please refrain from smoking at the venue on the day.

Inquiries regarding the Symposium:

Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Tel: 03-3580-3311)

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