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Minority votes in the General Assembly

Sometimes these votes highlight an issue where there is a difference from the majority of the international community.

Japan…

voted alone (out of 177 nations) to abstain on Draft resolution XIV, as a whole, (resolution 61/72). 6 December 2006
voted alone (out of 169 nations) to abstain on The fourteenth preambular paragraph of draft resolution II 22 December 2004
voted with 1 other nation (out of 163) to abstain on Draft resolution M (resolution 50/70 M). 12 December 1995
voted with 1 other nation (out of 165) to abstain on Draft resolution G (resolution 49/35 G). 9 December 1994
voted with 1 other nation (out of 174) against Operative paragraph 7 of draft resolution XIV. 6 December 2006
voted with 1 other nation (out of 175) against Operative paragraph 17. 19 December 2007
voted with 1 other nation (out of 173) against Operative paragraph 7. 22 December 2005
voted with 1 other nation (out of 170) against Operative paragraph 18. 22 December 2005
voted with 1 other nation (out of 164) against Operative paragraph 11 of the draft resolution. 10 December 2007
voted with 2 other nations (out of 167) to abstain on Draft resolution E (resolution 49/35 E) 9 December 1994
voted with 3 other nations (out of 187) to abstain on Draft resolution III (resolution 59/185). 20 December 2004
voted with 3 other nations (out of 166) to abstain on Draft resolution C (resolution 49/35 C). 9 December 1994
voted with 2 other nations (out of 122) against Operative paragraph 35 of draft resolution II. 23 December 2005
voted with 4 other nations (out of 155) to abstain on Draft resolution IV (resolution 62/216). 21 December 2007
voted with 4 other nations (out of 181) to abstain on Draft resolution VI (resolution 58/172). 22 December 2003
voted with 4 other nations (out of 179) to abstain on Draft resolution VIII (resolution 60/157). 16 December 2005
voted with 142 other nations (out of 150) in favour of Paragraph 14. 21 December 2007
voted with 5 other nations (out of 157) to abstain on Draft resolution II (resolution 62/220). 21 December 2007
voted with 5 other nations (out of 174) to abstain on The draft resolution (resolution 59/221). 22 December 2004
voted with 5 other nations (out of 124) to abstain on Operative paragraph 14. 23 December 2005

Minority votes in the Security Council

For a permanent member a vote against constitutes a veto.

Ambassadors

People who have spoken in the General Assembly or Security Council in the name of Japan. Sometimes ministers or heads of state take the place of the official ambassador of the day.

NameSpeechesFirstLast
Mr. Abe 1 31 May 2001 31 May 2001
Mr. Aisawa 1 27 June 2005 27 June 2005
Mr. Akamatsu 1 12 December 2002 12 December 2002
Mr. Akasaka 7 26 July 2000 31 October 2001
Mr. Akiba 1 13 March 2002 13 March 2002
Mr. Amano 1 31 October 2005 31 October 2005
Mr. Arima 1 21 September 2006 21 September 2006
Mr. Ashiki 1 15 May 2008 15 May 2008
Mr. Aso 1 25 September 2008 25 September 2008
Mr. Fujisaki 1 22 September 2003 22 September 2003
Mr. Fukushima 2 26 October 1994 2 November 1995
Mr. Haneda 8 29 January 2002 15 November 2005
Mr. Haraguchi 78 17 September 1998 17 December 2004
Mr. Hashimoto 1 24 September 1996 24 September 1996
Mr. Hatano 1 2 March 1994 2 March 1994
Mr. Hatoyama 1 24 September 2009 24 September 2009
Mr. Hirata 2 5 November 2001 11 March 2002
Mr. Horiguchi 3 19 December 1994 5 December 1995
Mrs. Horiuchi 1 19 October 1994 19 October 1994
Ms. Horiuchi 1 26 October 1995 26 October 1995
Ms. Inoguchi 1 11 October 2002 11 October 2002
Mr. Ishikawa 3 22 November 2002 20 October 2004
Mr. Ito 5 18 April 1997 11 May 2009
Mrs. Ito 1 17 December 1999 17 December 1999
Ms. Ito 1 4 December 2000 4 December 2000
Mr. Kamitani 1 1 October 1998 1 October 1998
Mr. Kataoka 1 25 August 2004 25 August 2004
Ms. Kawaguchi 2 23 September 2003 17 February 2005
Mr. Kawamura 2 17 November 1999 22 November 1999
Mr. Kitagawa 4 26 October 2000 17 September 2007
Mr. Kitaoka 38 17 May 2004 22 August 2006
Mr. Kobayashi 23 20 December 1994 7 March 2001
Mr. Kodera 8 12 October 2006 19 March 2008
Mr. Koizumi 3 13 September 2002 15 September 2005
Mr. Konishi 43 9 April 1996 16 December 1998
Mr. Kono 3 27 September 1994 13 September 2000
Ms. Kotani 1 25 November 1997 25 November 1997
Mr. Koumura 4 24 September 1998 13 November 2008
Mr. Kumamaru 3 20 October 1995 2 November 1995
Mrs. Kurokochi 1 9 September 1996 9 September 1996
Mr. Machimura 3 14 September 2005 17 September 2005
Mr. Maruyama 25 17 October 1994 21 December 2000
Mr. Matsunami 1 17 June 2002 17 June 2002
Mr. Matsuura 1 6 May 2004 6 May 2004
Mr. Miyamoto 3 24 November 1999 16 March 2001
Mr. Miyazawa 1 11 November 2001 11 November 2001
Mr. Mizukami 3 17 October 2002 15 October 2003
Mr. Mori 4 7 September 2000 22 September 2008
Mr. Morikawa 1 4 December 2002 4 December 2002
Mr. Motomura 28 30 July 2001 26 February 2004
Mr. Mukai 1 22 December 2006 22 December 2006
Mr. Murakami 1 3 November 2008 3 November 2008
Mr. Murayama 2 22 October 1995 9 November 1995
Mr. Nakata 1 12 November 2002 12 November 2002
Mr. Nishigahiro 1 20 June 1997 20 June 1997
Mr. Nishimura 2 24 February 2003 16 December 2008
Mr. Obuchi 3 23 September 1997 21 September 1998
Mr. Odano 1 16 September 2002 16 September 2002
Mr. Oe 1 30 October 2001 30 October 2001
Mrs. Ogata 1 19 July 2002 19 July 2002
Mr. Okuda 20 27 September 2008 3 December 2009
Mr. Omura 3 8 December 2003 28 October 2004
Mr. Onodera 1 23 February 2005 23 February 2005
Mr. Oshima 89 12 January 2005 22 June 2007
Mr. Owada 69 13 October 1994 29 September 1998
Mr. Ozawa 21 29 October 2003 8 September 2006
Ms. Saiga 4 20 November 1997 14 January 2003
Mr. Sato 1 19 November 2004 19 November 2004
Mr. Satoh 56 5 November 1998 20 May 2002
Mr. Seki 2 26 October 2000 30 October 2000
Mr. Shimamori 2 31 October 2003 17 December 2003
Mr. Shimmura 1 8 November 2002 8 November 2002
Mr. Shinoda 1 29 October 2002 29 October 2002
Mr. Shinyo 33 13 September 2006 27 August 2008
Mr. Shiozaki 1 9 May 2006 9 May 2006
Mr. Suda 1 4 September 2008 4 September 2008
Mr. Sumi 5 19 September 2008 16 July 2009
Mr. Sunaga 2 14 October 2004 18 October 2004
Mr. Tajima 1 8 March 2005 8 March 2005
Mr. Takahashi 5 17 October 1994 30 October 2002
Mr. Takase 2 13 December 2006 20 December 2006
Mr. Takasu 112 21 May 1997 23 December 2009
Mr. Tanaka 2 24 May 1996 8 December 1997
Mr. Tomoshige 2 16 December 2002 18 December 2002
Mr. Tonishi 1 28 October 1996 28 October 1996
Mr. Toyama 1 14 September 2006 14 September 2006
Mr. Watanabe 3 25 November 1997 5 December 2001
Mr. Yachi 1 26 October 2000 26 October 2000
Mr. Yamada 1 25 October 1994 25 October 1994
Mr. Yamagiwa 1 6 December 1999 6 December 1999
Mr. Yamaguchi 1 17 December 2007 17 December 2007
Mr. Akira Yamamoto 1 22 June 2005 22 June 2005
Mr. Yamamoto 5 20 November 2000 10 December 2002
Ms. Yamamoto 1 27 March 2006 27 March 2006
Mr. Yamazaki 8 8 July 1999 10 December 1999
Mr. Yokota 1 21 December 2007 21 December 2007
Mr. Yoshikawa 9 4 November 1999 23 May 2002
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