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Courtesy Call on State Minister for Foreign Affairs Yamada by President Hofmański of the International Criminal Court (ICC)

October 21, 2022
 State Minister Yamada shaking hands with ICC President Hofmański

On October 21, commencing at 3:40 p.m. for approximately 15 minutes, Mr. YAMADA Kenji, State 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. State Minister Yamada commended the ICC, which celebrated its 20th anniversary this year, for the achievements it has made, and expressed his expectation that the ICC would continue to function effectively as a permanent international criminal court. State Minister Yamada also stated that Japan attaches great importance to the cooperation with the ICC, and would promote efforts to increase the number of Japanese staff at the ICC, and introduced Japan’s Support Program for Internships at International Courts and other International Organizations.
  2. President Hofmański expressed his acknowledgement and appreciation for Japan's contribution to the ICC to date and his hope for further cooperation with Japan. The two sides confirmed that they would work together to facilitate cooperation between Japan and the ICC.
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