Japan and a fund under COP

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Date produced: 08/12/2010

Does the constitution or any other law restrict Japan from contributing to a fund that is under the authority of the COP? If the constitution or another law restricts Japan from contributing, are there any countervailing arguments that the country can contribute?

The Constitution of Japan and any other Japanese laws do not restrict Japan from contributing to a fund that is under the authority of the COP. However, in order for the Japanese government to contribute to a fund, there must be some national law that allows the government to donate such a money. We believe that in order to realize a contribution by Japan to a fund under the authority of the COP, the Japanese government must therefore have a law that allows it to contribute to a fund.