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10 Nov 2020

International Labour Organization (ILO)

Japan: NAP stakeholders issue Joint Comments following dialogue facilitated by ILO

"Stakeholders of Japan's National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights issued Joint Comments following dialogue facilitated by the ILO", 10 Nov 2020

...ILO has participated in the development process of Japan's National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights (NAP), which has been released on 16 October 2020, as a member of the Working Group and the Advisory Committee. In response, the stakeholders (*) , including the Japanese Trade Union Confederation (JTUC-RENGO) and the Japan Business Federation (Keidanren), comprising the Working Group on Japan's NAP released joint comments  at a stakeholders' webinar on the published NAP held on 9 November 2020.

Japan's NAP is the first of its kind developed since the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic...

Joint comments issued on 9 November reiterate the need for a system that ensures the involvement of a wide range of stakeholders, including business community, labour, civil society and experts, in the implementation and monitoring phase of the NAP, as well as the need for policy coherency and multi-stakeholder involvement based on the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

On the same day, members of the Advisory Committee on the NAP Development too jointly released a commentary titled "Upon the publication of the National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights," in which they expressed an expectation that an effective process for implementation of the NAP and its update is ensured so that it substantially contributes to addressing the challenges...