On June 19, 2019, the inaugural meeting of the Parliamentary Association for Making the 2020 Kyoto Congress Successful (the Parliamentary Association) was held, and Minister of Justice, Mr. Takashi YAMASHITA, participated.
Nearly 400 participants who represent a variety of stakeholders, including the mayor of Kyoto City, Mr. Daisaku KADOKAWA, representatives of UN entities and other international organizations, diplomatic missions in Tokyo, and business associations attended the meeting.
Ms. Yoko KAMIKAWA, President of the Parliamentary Association and former Minister of Justice, stated that the Parliamentary Association will cooperate with all stakeholders in order to make the Kyoto Congress a success and to achieve a safe and secure society. Following her statement, Mr. Kazuo KITAGAWA, Executive Vice President of the Parliamentary Association, expressed his enthusiasm for the activities of the Parliamentary Association.
Mr. Sadakazu TANIGAKI, a Special Adviser of the Parliamentary Association, delivered the keynote speech, emphasizing the importance of ensuring the success of the Kyoto Congress, and the importance of sending the message to the world that public trust and confidence in the rule of law are fundamental elements of safe and secure societies.
Justice Minister Yamashita then expressed his determination that the entire Ministry of Justice will devote itself to making the Kyoto Congress a success, and will cooperate with relevant government ministries in this regard.
Those speeches were followed by strong positive messages from the stakeholders in support of making the Kyoto Congress a success.
In response to these expressions of encouragement and support, the Ministry of Justice will work diligently, in cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other relevant ministries, to prepare for, and promote public interest in, the Kyoto Congress.