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 visit request not (yet) accepted by the State >
WG on business and human rights, 2013
Japan presented commitments and pledges in support of its candidature for membership for the period 2017- 2019 in July 2016.
Key pledges include: Implement the obligations contained in the international instruments to which Japan is Party; Continue to bring situations of concern (e.g. DPRK, Cambodia) and important thematic issues (e.g. leprosy and human rights) to the Council’s attention; Continue to offer its full cooperation to OHCHR; Continue to cooperate fully with Special Procedures; Actively contribute to the activities of the Council, including the UPR; Present a UPR midterm report in 2016; Contribute to on-going discussions on improving the methods of work of the Council, to maximise its efficiency and effectiveness; Continue to promote human rights at the GA, exercising leadership in areas such as human security, women’s empowerment, and disaster risk reduction; Continue to hold bilateral dialogues on human rights; Help promote human rights overseas through development cooperation, especially focused on the right to health, women’s rights, education, disaster risk reduction, and the rights of persons with disabilities.
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. Regarding Japan’s cooperation with Special Procedures, since 2011 Japan has maintained a Standing Invitation but is yet to accept 42% of the visit requests it has received. Japan continues to respond positively to Special Procedures communications. It, as pledged, submitted an UPR mid-term report.