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Recommendations and Advance Questions for Japan

Statement delivered by Minister Counsellor Herborg Alvsåker, 14 November 2017

Thank you Mr President,

We thank the delegation of Japan for the presentation of their national report.

Norway is concerned that Japan still executes prisoners.

Norway recommends that Japan take immediate measures to introduce a formal moratorium on executions and take concrete steps toward the total abolition of the death penalty.

Norway is pleased that the Japanese government has placed female participation in working life high on the political agenda. However, we are concerned by the lack of legislation regarding workplace gender discrimination against women.

Norway recommends that Japan enact a law prohibiting discrimination, including on the basis of age, gender, religion, sexual orientation or ethnicity, and that other necessary measures are undertaken to ensure gender equality.

I thank you.

Advance Questions

  1. No law in Japan prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. What measures will the Government take to prevent discrimination of LGBTI persons in law and in practice?

  2. The Ainu has been recognized as an indigenous people of Japan. What measures will the Government take to ensure the rights of the Ainu people, in line with the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples?