The Election of Ms. Tomoko Akane, Ambassador for International Judicial Cooperation and Public Prosecutor of Supreme Public Prosecutors Office of Japan as Judge of the International Criminal Court (ICC)
(Statement by Foreign Minister Taro Kono)
December 5, 2017
1. The Government of Japan welcomes the election of Ms. Tomoko Akane, Ambassador for International Judicial Cooperation and Public Prosecutor of Supreme Public Prosecutors Office of Japan, as a judge of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in the elections of ICC judges held at the sixteenth session of the Assembly of States Parties of the ICC in New York, on December 4 (Monday) (US Eastern time).
2. Japan intends to actively participate in the development of international criminal law and international humanitarian law through the activities of the ICC, and also to make the utmost contribution to the ICC in terms of human resources. Japan believes that the election of Ms. Akane in the aforementioned elections is significant in that it not only indicates the high evaluation given to her, but also other States Parties’ recognition of Japan’s commitment to the ICC.
3. Japan expects that Ms. Akane, who is a leading expert in the field of criminal law practice, will make great contributions to the ICC as a judge.