Courtesy Call on State Minister for Foreign Affairs Nobuo Kishi by H.E. Judge Ronny Abraham, President of International Court of Justice (ICJ)
1. On July 28,Mr. Nobuo Kishi, State Minister of Foreign Affairs, received a courtesy call from H.E. Judge Ronny Abraham, President of International Court of Justice (ICJ).
2. At the outset, State Minister Kishi welcomed the visit to Japan of President Abraham 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 underlined the importance of continuing to work for realizing the rule of law in international community.
3. In response, President Abraham expressed his appreciation for the invitation to visit Japan, and stated that ICJ and Japan have historically built a good relationship, and 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 President expressed appreciation to Japan’s consistent support to the ICJ.
4. Furthermore, State Minister Kishi and President Abraham also had useful exchanges of views on the recent development of of international judicial proceedings and other related issues.