During HRC general discussions, panel debates and interactive dialogues with the Special Procedures, during the past three years, either as an HRC member or not, the State has joined:
Regional or subregional
Overall, as a HRC member, has participated in more than 10% of panel discussions, general debates and interactive dialogues.
Longest outstanding country visit request >
SR on racism, 2013
Received Sub-Committee visit
Japan tabled voluntary pledges and commitments in support for its candidacy for membership for the period 2013-2015 on 27 March 2012. The document presents Japan’s international level and national level commitments and pledges for its membership term.
At international level, Japan committed to follow-up on the implementation of recommendations received from Treaty Bodies and the UPR. In so doing, Japan pledged to enhance its dialogue with civil society. It also committed to ratify the CRPD (which it had already signed) and consider accepting the individual communications procedure. Regarding Council mechanisms, Japan committed to cooperate with Special Procedures.
Japan also pledged to fully engage and cooperate with the Council, OHCHR, the GA and the Security Council, Japan also pledged to use its bilateral development assistance programmes to protect human rights in line with its human rights policy concerning ODA. Japan specifically committed to provide support to vulnerable groups. Likewise, Japan committed to continue to provide voluntary contributions to OHCHR.
At national level, Japan pledged to continue its work to promote gender equality, including by increasing the representation of women in leadership positions to at least 30% by 2020, and committed to continue legislative reforms aimed at strengthening the rights of children and the rights of indigenous peoples.
An analysis of steps taken by Japan in fulfilment of its international level pledges shows that Japan has not yet accepted the individual communication procedure under the CRPD. But it has continued to make significant contributions to the UN’s regular budget (nearly US$300 million in 2015) and to OHCHR (US$2.2 million in 2015). Regarding Japan’s cooperation with Special Procedures, since 2011 Japan has maintained a Standing Invitation. It continues to respond positively to visit requests and has accepted 8 out of 18 requests. Further, Japan has responded to all of its communications received.