Japan: Japan announces it will formulate National Action Plan, commits to involving NGOs

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At the 2016 Forum on Business and Human Rights, held in Geneva from 14 - 16 November 2016, the Japanese government announced for the first time that it planned to formulate a National Action Plan (NAP) on Business and Human Rights. The government stated that "Japan strongly supports [and]  are committed to the implementation of the Guiding Principles. In this regard, we plan to formulate our National Action Plan in the coming years, and we have started preliminary discussion among relevant ministries, including the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, and the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare. In formulating our National Action Plan, we consider it important to listen to the voices of business and civil society. We aim to reflect those opinions in a well-balanced manner to promote responsible business activities."

Japan is one of two G7 countries that has not yet started the process of formulating a NAP. Civil society groups have been urging the government to do this as a matter of priority, and issued statements on the occasion of the Ise-shima G7 Summit in May 2016. 

 

 

 

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Author: ヒューライツ大阪 白石理

…国別行動計画(NAP)の推進に関する会合では、NAPをすでに策定している国が次第に増えてきていること、NAPの必要性はすでに疑いの余地がないことを前提とした議論となりました。日本政府代表は、政府関係省庁間での議論を始めているなどNAP策定に向けての準備を説明し、「今後数年のうち(in the coming years)に国別行動計画(NAP)を策定することを計画している」と言明するとともに、NAP作成にあたっては企業や市民社会(civil society)との対話を重視しているとしました。…フォーラムでの議論の全体を通してみると、政府、企業、市民社会組織(CSO)、その他諸々のステークホルダーの「ビジネスと人権に関する指導原則」についての普及度、理解度は高まっている部分と大変遅れている部分とが混在しているという印象を持ちました。ビジネスと人権に関する指導原則の履行を真剣に捉えている政府や企業は、国内法整備、政策や企業方針で先進的な取り組みをしています。

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22 November 2016

Japan: Japan announces it will formulate National Action Plan, Commits to involving NGOs

Author: Japanese government

human rights council room

At the 2016 Forum on Business and Human Rights, held in Geneva from 14 - 16 November 2016, the Japanese government announced for the first time that it planned to formulate a National Action Plan (NAP) on Business and Human Rights. The government stated that "Japan strongly supports [and]  are committed to the implementation of the Guiding Principles. In this regard, we plan to formulate our National Action Plan in the coming years, and we have started preliminary discussion among relevant ministries, including the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, and the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare. In formulating our National Action Plan, we consider it important to listen to the voices of business and civil society. We aim to reflect those opinions in a well-balanced manner to promote responsible business activities."

Japan is one of two G7 countries that has not yet started the process of formulating a NAP. Civil society groups have been urging the government to do this as a matter of priority, and issued statements on the occasion of the Ise-shima G7 Summit in May 2016. 

Read the full post here