On 26 June 2019, National Diet of Japan in both Houses of Representatives and Councillors, unanimously adopted "Resolution concerning Japan's further contribution to the International Labour Organization (ILO) on the commemoration of the centenary of its foundation".
Importantly, the resolution reflects the firm determination of the legislative body that calls for its contribution to the ILO activities and ratification of remaining unratified Core Conventions: Abolition of Forced Labour Convention, 1957 (No. 105) and Discrimination (Employment and Occupation) Convention, 1958 (No. 111).
The resolution reaffirms ILO's historic milestones during the past 100 years by recognizing universal principle of social justice stipulated in the ILO Constitution and the Declaration of Philadelphia as well as its long-standing efforts towards the establishment of fundamental labour rights and tripartism.
Besides, it confirms the needs for further efforts towards ratification of two unratified fundamental Conventions as well as sound and steady implementation of ratified Conventions in cooperation with the international community.
Finally, the resolution reconfirms the leading roles of Japan to be played within the ILO in the context of decent work, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and future of work, and expresses commitment to make utmost contributions to pursuing and achieving the principles and objectives of the ILO.
In response to the adoption of the resolution, Mr Takumi Nemoto, Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare, stated that the government would strengthen collaboration with the ILO and further contribute to pursuing and achieving the principles of the ILO.
Ms. Akiko Taguchi, Director of ILO Office for Japan, commented as follows: "The resolution is a strong commitment of the National Diet. We in the ILO, will make all our efforts towards promoting ratification in collaboration with social partners. I would like to thank the Japanese Parliamentarians' League on ILO Activities1) for all its efforts towards the adoption of the resolution."
1) Japanese Parliamentarians' League on ILO Activities: A multi-partisan forum of parliamentarians, which was founded in 1988, with an aim of enhancing Japanese governmental support to the ILO activities.