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:
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 racism, 2013
Japan presented commitments and pledges in support of its candidature for membership for the period 2020-2022 early in 2019. Japan pledges, inter alia, to continue to support and strengthen the Council and to cooperate with the Special Procedures and the UPR; Continue to hold human rights dialogues with States based on mutual understanding and respect; Continue to defend and enhance civil society space and engagement, at international and domestic levels; Implement Japan’s obligations and commitments under the international human rights instruments, including via recommendations received from the Treaty Bodies; and continue to protect human rights through its work at the Council and the GA, especially in the following thematic areas: women’s empowerment and gender equality, the rights of the child, health and disaster risk reduction, sport and human rights, and business and human rights.
An analysis of the steps taken by Japan to fulfil its pledges shows that it has engaged with the Council participating, individually, in almost 30% of all Council dialogues, panels, and debates. Japan has responded to 90% of all communications received from Special Procedures, maintains a Standing Invitation, and has facilitated 67% of all visit requests. Japan has ratified all core human rights treaties but is yet to accept all individual complaints procedures. Japan has 3 overdue treaty periodic reports. Japan has supported and sponsored texts under all the thematic areas mentioned in its pledged, but it voted against a 2014 resolution on the elaboration of an international legally binding instrument on transnational corporations and other business enterprises with respect to human rights.