International Law and Treaties
Dialogue between Foreign Minister Kamikawa and Japanese Staff of the International Criminal Court (ICC)
On January 11, commencing at 3:40 p.m. local time (11:40 p.m. JST) for approximately 25 minutes, Ms. KAMIKAWA Yoko, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, during her visit to the Netherlands, held a dialogue with 10 Japanese staff members of the International Criminal Court (ICC). The overview is as follows.
- At the outset, Minister Kamikawa stated that the role of the ICC in upholding the "rule of law" and "human dignity" is more important than ever as the international community becomes increasingly confrontational and divided. Also, she expressed her appreciation for the contribution of Japanese staff working at the ICC, although they are few in number.
- During the interaction, Minister Kamikawa and each staff member including Judge Akane and Director of the Division of External Operations in the Registry, Mr. Mahr had a candid exchange of views on the way forward to increase the number of Japanese staff among other topics. Minister Kamikawa made it clear that the Government of Japan will support the successful work of Japanese staff who are dedicated to fulfilling the mission of the ICC on a daily basis and put its initiatives to increase the number of Japanese staff into concrete action.