Press Conferences

Press Conference by Foreign Press Secretary ONO Hikariko

Wednesday, July 20, 2022, 3:46 p.m. Ministry of Foreign Affairs

This is a provisional translation by an external company for reference purpose only.

Release of the “2022 Trafficking in Persons Report” by the U.S. Department of State

Asahi Shimbun, Aibara: I would like to ask one question. Yesterday, the U.S. Department of State released its annual report on global human trafficking. In the report, Japan was rated as being in Tier 2 out of the four tiers. However, the Technical Intern Training Program as well as sexual exploitation of children continue to be regarded as issues. Please tell us MOFA’s reaction to this. In addition, have you had any discussions or provided explanations regarding any matters to the U.S. side? Please answer those two questions.

Ms. ONO Hikariko, Press Secretary: The report you pointed out was drafted independently by the U.S. Department of State according to the standards of U.S. domestic law. Therefore, I believe that I am not in a position to comment on specific contents.

The Government of Japan has repeatedly provided explanations to the U.S. side our efforts to combat human trafficking. .Therefore, taking those circumstances into account, it is regrettable that Japan’s efforts have not been properly evaluated in the report.

Human trafficking is a serious human rights violation. Japan’s policy is to continue to actively work on human trafficking countermeasures together with the international community.

State Funeral for Former Prime Minister Abe

Kyodo News, Fukuda: Prime Minister Kishida announced that a funeral for former Prime Minister Abe will be held in the form of a “state funeral” in autumn. It is expected that dignitaries from various countries will visit Japan to attend the state funeral. How is MOFA proceeding with preparations?

Press Secretary Ono: It is my understanding that coordination for the “state funeral” for former Prime Minister Abe is currently being conducted with his family and relevant parties, including the specific date and venue.

As a part of the Government of Japan, MOFA will respond appropriately to this matter, including the attendees from abroad.

Arrest of a Japanese National Being Detained in China

Mainichi Shimbun, Aoki: There are some reports indicating that a Japanese national is being detained in China. Please confirm whether this is true.

Press Secretary Ono: We have confirmed that the Japanese man in his 50s who was detained in Shanghai City in December 2021 for violating domestic Chinese law was arrested in June 2022.

From the perspective of protecting Japanese nationals, the Government of Japan has been providing as much support as possible, including contacting his family. Our policy is to continue to respond appropriately.

In addition, we have strongly requested the Chinese side on various occasions for his early release.. Our policy is to continue to urge the Chinese side.

Back to Press Conferences