26th CCPCJ Agenda item 5(c): Technical assistance for implementing the international conventions and protocols related to counter-terrorism, at the 26th Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice


Statement by Ms. Tomoko AKANE Ambassador of Japan for International Judicial Cooperation

Mr. Chairperson,
As Ambassador for International Judicial Cooperation, I would like to express my appreciation, on behalf of the Government of Japan, to UNODC for its continuous efforts in assisting the Member States through its mandate to strengthen international cooperation to prevent and combat terrorism.
Mr. Chairperson,
We have been witnessing an increasing number of horrendous acts of terrorism all over the world, where innocent and vulnerable civilians are victimized. Despite our continued efforts, terrorism remains a grave threat and serious problem to the international community.

Japan strongly believes that the implementation of the international conventions, protocols and Secuirty Council Resolutions related to counter-terrorism is essential to strengthen our concerted efforts in countering terrorism, and promoting and strengthening international cooperation through technical assistance and capacity building is key in this context.

Mr. Chairperson,
          Japan has actively committed to international cooperation in the fields of technical assistance and capacity building.
On the occasion of the ASEAN-Japan Summit last year, Japan announced that it would provide assistance to Asia in developing 2,000 personnel for counter-terrorism over the next three years. Also, at the TICAD 6 (Tokyo International Conference on African Development), Japan also committed to implement measures including vocational training for 50 thousand people towards a peacuful and stable Africa. Following these announcements, Japan decided to provide 23 million USD to UNODC this January to support capacity building programs for countering terrorism and violent extremism in Asia, Middle East and Africa.
Japan also hosts workshops and seminars to share expertise and experience. Recently, Japan held a regional workshop in Tokyo in cooperation with UNODC and UNAFEI (The United Nations Asia and Far East Institute for the Prevention of Crime and the Treatment of Offenders), attended by judges and prosecutors from the Middle Eastern countries. We had a meaningful discussion on preventing and countering terrorism and violent extremism through the rule of law based criminal justice approach, and engaging private sector and civil society actors in the national framework.

Mr. Chairperson,
     The threat posed by terrorism is unprecedented and the growing link between transnational organized crime and terrorism are of grave concern. We must work collectively to strengthen international cooperation for effective responses and preventive strategies. In this context, Japan would like to highlight that the UN Convention agaisnt Transnational Organized Crime is also a useful framework to fight against terrorism as the Convention is a widely used tool to facilitate international cooperation in fighting various forms of transnational crime including terrorism. Japan will continue to make every effort to conclude the Convention as early as possible.

Mr. Chairperson,
I take this opportunity to reaffirm Japan’s resolve to implement the relevant international instruments and its strong commitment to continue its cooperation on national, regional and international levels to eradicate terrorism. Japan will continue to make active contribution to this endeavor together with the international community.

    Thank you for your kind attention.