Statement by Minister-Counsellor Mr. Fumito Miyake, on Agenda item5 (c): Ratification and implementation of the international instruments to prevent and combat terrorism, at the 24th Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, 20th May, 2015

Mr. Chairperson,

 On behalf of the Government of Japan, I would like to express our sincere gratitude to the Government of Qatar for its successful outcome of the 13th Congress.  The Doha Declaration represents our renewed commitment to make the world safer and more peaceful by combating crime and terrorism.
In this context Mr. Chairperson,

Japan strongly believes that implementation of the Doha Declaration is essential to strengthening our concerted efforts in countering terrorism, and stands ready to support this renewed commitment. To bolster this momentum, Japan has submitted a draft resolution on technical assistance in counter-terrorism that intends to make the work of UNODC more focused and relevant to the current situation. Japan hopes this resolution will be supported broadly and be adopted by consensus at the Commission
Mr. Chairperson,

Japan believes that promoting and strengthening international cooperation through technical assistance and capacity building, is key to preventing and countering terrorism. In this regard, Japan commends the work done by the UNODC in providing assistance to Member States in strengthening legal regime and criminal justice response  against terrorism.
Recently, Japan decided to provide about 15.5 million USD for counter terrorism capacity building in the Middle East and African regions. This contribution includes enhancement of capacity for investigation and prosecution, as well as border control. It also supports the work of UNODC in this region.
Mr. Chairperson,

In the wake of the terrorist incidents that killed two Japanese citizens in Syria January, Japan immediately announced a 3 pillar Foreign Policy with particular focus on strengthening counter-terrorism measures, enhancing diplomacy aimed at stability and prosperity in the Middle East, and providing assistance to create societies resilient to radicalization and violent extremism.
Mr. Chairperson

The recent terrorist attacks in Paris, Copenhagen and Tunisia clearly demonstrate a surge in the threat of violent extremism and the Foreign Terrorist Fighter (FTF) phenomenon. It is critically important to strengthen international cooperation  in timely information sharing and capacity building, in particular, for border controls, in order to prevent FTFs from carrying out their plans of attack.  In this regard, Japan commends UNODC’s prompt response to the UN Security Council Resolution 2178, and further welcomes UNODC’s launch of a new global initiative to boost criminal justice responses to foreign terrorist fighters. 

Mr. Chairperson,

Japan supports Member States in their quest to create societies that are resilient to radicalization and violent extremism.  In this respect, the importance of a comprehensive approach, with education serving as a basis for crime prevention, as mentioned in the Doha Declaration, should be highlighted. Strengthening youth education and employment policies to decrease economic disparity is essential to preventing people from losing hope and becoming susceptible to extremist ideologies.
In order to effectively counter radicalization and violent extremism, Japan also believes that it is important to put into practice the Arab proverb “Khair al-umuri ausatoha(the best way is to go in the middle)”, which was announced by Prime Minister Abe during his recent visit to Egypt.

Mr. Chairperson,

The threat posed by terrorism is unprecedented and the growing links between transnational organized crime and terrorism are of grave concern. We must work collectively to strengthen international cooperation for effective responses and preventive strategies. Japan is firmly committed to contribute to this endeavor and reaffirms its strong support to Member States that struggle at the frontlines against terrorism and transnational organized crime.

    Thank you for your kind attention.
The Practical Export Control Workshop was hosted by the Wassenaar Arrangement as part of its 20th Anniversary programs and held at the Permanent Mission of Japan to the International Organizations in Vienna on 27 and 28 June 2016. More than 100 government representatives from 46 countries participated in the technically focused Practical Workshop.
Workshop speakers included the 2016 WA Plenary Chair Ambassador Anu Laamanen (Finland), 2016 WA General Working Group Chair Ambassador Paul Beijer (Sweden), 2015-2016 WA Experts Group Chair Robertas Rosinas (Lithuania), 2016 WA Licensing and Enforcement Officers Meeting Chair Jon Erik Strömö (Norway), as well as the Head of the WA Secretariat, Ambassador Philip Griffiths. The WA control lists as well as export licensing and enforcement topics were covered during the two days.
The following link from WA’s webpage contains more details: