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Ratification of the "Maritime Labour Convention, 2006" by Japan

August 5, 2013
1. On August 5 (same date local time), the Government of Japan deposited its instrument of ratification of the "Maritime Labour Convention, 2006" with the Director-General of the International Labour Organization (ILO) in Geneva, Switzerland.

2. This Convention sorts out and clarifies existing international labor standards of seafarers in areas such as minimum requirements concerning wages, age etc., employment, accommodation and recreational facilities, health protection, medical care, welfare, and social security protection. It also stipulates measures such as inspection to be taken by a port State for the purpose of enhancing effectiveness of the Convention.

3. Ratification of the Convention by Japan, one of the major maritime nations, will be significant from the stand point of contributing to the improvement of labor conditions of seafarers while ensuring fair conditions of competition in the field of international shipping. In addition, it is expected to lead to further strengthening competitiveness for the shipping industry and seafarers of Japan, as they already pursue the improvement of competitiveness in aspects including costs, by carrying out efficient navigation while ensuring a certain working environment.

4. The requirements for the entry into force of the Convention have already been satisfied and the Convention will come into force on August 20, 2013. As for Japan, the Convention will come into force on August 5, 2014, 12 months after the date of the registration of its ratification.

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