Courtesy Call on State Minister for Foreign Affairs Nobuo Kishi by Mr. Philippe Couvreur, Registrar of International Court of Justice (ICJ)
1. On May 23, Mr. Nobuo Kishi, State Minister of Foreign Affairs, received a courtesy call from Mr. Philippe Couvreur, Registrar of International Court of Justice (ICJ).
2. At the outset, State Minister Kishi welcomed the visit to Japan of Mr. Couvreur and stated that the ICJ has played a significant role in strengthening the rule of law in international community. State Minister Kishi also stated that, attaching great importance to the rule of law, Japan has consistently accepted the compulsory jurisdiction of the ICJ, whereas the number of states declaring the acceptance of the compulsory jurisdiction of the ICJ remains 72 out of 193 Member States of the United Nations, and expressed Japan’s commitment to continue working for realizing the rule of law in international community.
3. In response, Mr. Couvreur expressed his appreciation for the invitation to visit Japan, and stated that ICJ needs the assistance of States in order to fulfill its role as the principal judicial organ of the United Nations, and from that perspective, the Registrar expressed appreciation to Japan’s consistent support to the ICJ.
4. State Minister Kishi and Mr. Couvreur also had useful exchanges of views on the recent development of of international judicial proceedings and other related issues.