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Courtesy Call on Foreign Minister Hayashi by President Hofmański of the International Criminal Court (ICC)

October 21, 2022
 Foreign Minister Hayashi shaking hands with ICC President Hofmański

On October 21, commencing at 3:10 p.m. for approximately 20 minutes, Mr. HAYASHI Yoshimasa, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, received a courtesy call from His Excellency Judge Piotr Hofmański, President of the International Criminal Court (ICC). The overview of the meeting is as follows.

  1. Minister Hayashi stated that with the very foundation of the international order being gravely shaken, Japan would like to cooperate with the ICC, which plays a central role in the prosecution and punishment of the most serious crimes including war crimes, to strengthen the rule of law in the international community. He also expressed his expectation for the leadership of President Hofmański in enhancing the functions of the ICC including increasing the number of Japanese staff.
  2. President Hofmański expressed his acknowledgement and appreciation for Japan's support and assistance to the ICC, demonstrating his will that the ICC plays a role as a more universal international court in collaboration with the best partner in the Asia-Pacific region, Japan.
  3. The two sides confirmed that they would work to reinforce the relationship between Japan and the ICC, noting Japan's referral of the situation in Ukraine to the ICC.
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