The Election of Professor Yuji Iwasawa as Judge of the International Court of Justice (ICJ)
(Statement by Foreign Minister Taro Kono)

June 23, 2018

    1. On June 22 (U.S. Eastern Time), the election of a judge of the ICJ was held at the United Nations, and a Japanese candidate, Professor Yuji Iwasawa of the University of Tokyo, was elected. Japan welcomes Professor Iwasawa’s election.
    2. Contributions by a Japanese judge to the ICJ are of critical importance as the ICJ is playing an increasingly prominent role in achieving peaceful settlement of international disputes. The election of Professor Iwasawa indicates the international community’s high expectations for him as a judge of the ICJ and is also a demonstration of its recognition of Japan’s stance of placing great importance to the ICJ.
    3. Japan looks forward to Professor Iwasawa’s success in his endeavors and, at the same time, intends to make more active contributions to the promotion of the rule of law in the international community through further development of the ICJ.