2016 (Journal)

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Obama and Abe have shown the primacy of truth rather than justice in achieving reconciliation and peace (28/12/2016)

 Hasegawa: “Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and President Barack Obama have achieved reconciliation by demonstrating their magnanimity and finding more value in recognizing truth than pursing justice. Hopefully the leaders of Japan and its neighboring countries will succeed in making similar achievements.”

A paradigm shift called for in Japan’s role in UN peace operations (22/11/2016)

 At a meeting with members of the Diet of Japan, former UN Special Representative Sukehiro Hasegawa suggested a shift in emphasis in the activities of Japan Self-Defense Forces from operational to capacity building training in UN peace operations. Please click here for a summary of Professor Hasegawa`s presentation in Japanese.

Han Sung-joo speaks about the contradictory triangular relationship among China, Japan and Korea (13/10/2016)

 Moves toward integration, increasing economic interdependence, expansion of social networks are countered by even stronger nationalistic sentiment, historical baggage, opportunistic and politically driven policies, contending territorial claims and changing geo-political conditions.

Japan-China-Korea Trilateral Asian Seminar on the UN System held in Changnyeong, Korea (13-15/10/2016)

 President of JAUNS and Vice President of Kwansei Gakuin University, Former Ambassador of Japan to Germany and Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Professor Takahiro SHINYO lead a twelve-person Japanese delegation to the trilateral seminar.

Japanese Defense Minister Tomomi Inada asserts the situation in Juba calm and allows Japanese defense forces to remain there without violating the five-pint principle (25/10/2016)

 The Japanese government decided on October 25 to extend the Ground Self-Defense Force’s participation in the U.N. peacekeeping mission in South Sudan by five months from November 2016 to March 2017. Please click here for a full story.

Chief Negotiator Xanana Gusmão hands a Maritime Boundary Report to former Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Sukehiro Hasegawa (06/10/2016)

 Chief Negotiator Gusmão insists the final delimitation of maritime boundaries is a matter of principle and sovereign right.

Timorese Strategic Investment Minister Xanana Gusmão pays a courtesy visit to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (07/10/2016)

 Prime Minister Shinzo Abe welcomed Mr. Kay Rala Xanana Gusmão, the Minister Mentor and Minister of Planning Strategic Investment, as the founding father of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste. Prime Minister Abe took note of progress made in the Dili ferry terminal reconstruction and an agreement reached on the visit of a Japanese naval vessel to Timor-Leste.

Honorary Doctorate Conferred to Former President Xanana Gusmão of Timor-Leste by Waseda University (06/10/2016)

 In his introductory address, President Kaoru Kamata of Waseda University mentioned distinguished contributions former President and Prime Minister Kay Rala Xanana Gusmão had made to peacebuilding of not only his country but around the world. Minister Gusmão, in a commemorative lecture delivered at the University, spoke of the enduring relationship between Japan and Timor-Leste recalling that Timor-Leste’s first Meeting with Development Partners, held in Tokyo in 1999, was “an indication of the important role that Japan would be playing in building our nation.” He spoke of Japan’s impressive post –war reconstruction as “an inspiration to the world” and highlighted Japan’s industrial and technological development, trade policies, investment in quality education and cultural features, as having enabled the country to become an important world power, after being “born out of the ashes and the trauma of war.” In a press release issued by the Government of Timor-Leste, Government Spokesperson and Minister of State Agio Pereira noted that “Japan has been a consistent friend of Timor-Leste and this recent visit further strengthens our strong relationship built over many years. The conferral of the Honorary Doctorate reflects the respect the Japanese people have for H.E. Kay Rala Xanana Gusmão and the mutual respect that characterizes the relationship between our two countries.”

The Security Council decides to recommend Former Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Guterres to become the next Secretary-General of the United Nations (06/10/2016)

 Russia’s U.N. Ambassador Vitaly Churkin, President of the 15-member Security Council for October, said the Security Council would recommend to the General Assembly as new Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. Mr. Guterres was the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees from June 2005 to December 2015 and earlier Prime Minister of Portugal from 1995 to 2002. (Photo: NHK)

Consultation meeting held on UN Police Reform by Geneva Center for Democratic Control of Armed Forces, DCAF and Global Peacebuilding Association of Japan (23/09/2016)

 Professor Sukehiro Hasegawa, President of the Global Peacebuilding Association of Japan (GPAJ) and Rd. Kihara-Hunt Ai, Fellow at the University of Essex and member of GPAJ held consultation meetings with Director Ambassador Thoma Guerber of the Geneva Center for Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF) in Geneva on 23 September 2016. They first held a two hour consultation meetings on UN Police reform and Japan`s policy change in its support of the UN peace operations.

Compulsory Conciliation Commission in the Hague decides to continue the conciliation process concerning the maritime boundary issue between Timor-Leste and Australia (26/09/2016)

 Compulsory Conciliation Commission (CCC) in the Hague decides to continue the conciliation process concerning the maritime boundary issue between Timor-Leste and Australia. Please click here for the PCA press release and other details.

António Guterres receives the largest number of votes of encouragement from Security Council members in latest straw poll

 Former UN High Commissioner for Refugees and Prime Minister of Portugal is most favored to succeed Ban Kim-moon as the next Secretary-General of the United Nations. For a detailed written and oral report of the selection process, please also access here.

JCK students visit ancient Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine (30/08/2016)

 After completion of the symposium and model UN sessions, JCK students visited ancient Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine, the imperial office that governed the whole of Kyūshū during the Heian Era for nearly three centuries from 794 to 1192.

Katsuda provides the guidelines for JCK working group discussion (27-28/08/2016)

 On September 27th, Deputy-Secretary-General, Rise Katsuda informed the participating students on how to hold discussions on the causes of wars and make analysis of their implications for the current situations in East Asia as well as the world as a whole. (Katsuda)

JCK Youth Forum opens in Fukuoka (27/08/2016)

 Chairman of UN Association of Japan, Dr. Sen Genshitsu, Master of the Tea Ceremony, opened the 7th Japan-China-Republic of Korea Youth Forum at Seinan Gakuen University in Fukuoka. (Nagamine)

Hasegawa delivers a lecture on the implications of changes taking place in the international structure (27/08/2016)

 At JCK Youth Forum, Professor Hasegawa referred to Kissinger and TV Paul’s views on changing of the world order and the need to accommodate rising powers peacefully. (Photo: gospaces.com.mx)

Ho-Jin Lee calls on JCK students to step outside preconceived establishments (26/08/2016)

 Ambassador and Acting President of UNA-Korea calls on participating students to make full use of imaginative thinking and stimulating force as the prerogatives of youngsters. Please click here for the full text of his speech.

Nagamine defines the purpose of JCK Youth Forum (27/08/2016)

 Secretary-General Masakazu Nagamine called on Japanese, Chinese and Korean students to identify the causes of five major wars of last 100 years and discuss how any armed conflict and war can be avoided in East Asia.

Former JCK Youth Forum leader Dong-hyeon Kim starts his study at Fletcher School (05/09/2016)

 Kim congratulates Fukuoka JCK participants for having shown again the three Northeast Asian countries have built firm grounds for cooperation.

Ms. Shoko Noda shares her experiences and views on leadership as a UN Resident Coordinator in the Maldives (12/08/2016)

 For a detailed explanation of the Resident Coordinator’s roles and functions, please click here.

African peace training chiefs meet in Cairo “On the Road to Nairobi for Partnerships in Training & Capacity Building in Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding” (13-14/07/2016)

 In preparation for the first TICAD conference to be held in Africa in August, Directors of African peace training centers met and recommended a joint needs assessment with Japan and UN and called for more national ownership.

ACUNS Workshop 4 debates “Peacekeeping, Stabilization, and the Rule of Law: Practices and Lessons Learned” (17/06/2016)

 Ai Kihara-Hunt of University of Essex presented her paper “Needed or Bargained: The Rise of United Nations Formed Police Units” and questioned the necessity of rapid increase in engagement of Formed Police Units in UN peace operations.

UN Official explains a Triangular Partnership Project aimed at enhancing the Rapid Deployment of Engineering Capabilities of African Countries (13/07/2016)

 According to Harinder Sood of DPKO, Japan has responded positively HIPPO and C34 suggestions to strengthen African capacities to deploy peacekeeping forces rapidly.

Hasegawa quotes Mandela and Sun Tzu in explaining peacebuilding leadership (14/07/2016)

 At the Cairo meeting in preparation for TICAD Conference in Nairobi, Professor Hasegawa noted the significance of Japan’s triangular support of African Rapid Deployment of Engineering Capabilities (ARDEC) and UN Regional Signals Academy. (Photo: OhMyGodFacts.com)

Egyptian minister notes the linkage between the regional and the global dimension in the maintenance of international peace and security (13/07/2016)

 Egyptian Deputy Assistant Foreign Minister for United Nations Affairs Amr Aljowaily emphasized the need for partnerships and capacity building initiatives for the North African Regional Brigade (NARC), one of the five regional capabilities of the African Standby Force (ASF).

Obama Revises Again His Afghan Exit Strategy (06/07/2016)

 In NHK World News, Professor Daisaku Higashi presented his analysis on Obama’ decision to keep more American troops in Afghanistan after he leaves the office, lest Afghanistan will be taken over by the Taliban. You can see the interview by Professor Higashi in the link below:
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/newsroomtokyo/aired/20160707.html

Importance of Local Ownership in Peacebuilding Emphasized at CCCPA Conference in Cairo (13/07/2016)

 Lieutenant Colonel Norihisa Urakami of US Army War College advocates providing advanced technology and intelligence support to counter trans-national crimes, extremism and human-trafficking and other immediate threats to peace and security in Africa.

African Specialist Explains the Implications for Training and Capacity Building for UN Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding in Africa (13/07/2016)

 Main themes of Three 2015 Peace Reports, HIPPO, AGE and Global Study Report on 1325, were presented by John Ahere of the African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD) at TICAD preparatory meeting in Cairo.

Arko-Dadzie calls upon the UN peacekeepers to be quick to deploy, mobile in nature and responsive to threats and undertake complex operations where extremists groups operate as was the case in Mali in 2013 (13/07/2016)

 In a TICAD preparatory meeting organized by CCCPA in Cairo on 13-14 July, DPKO Senior Military Training Officer, George Arko-Dadzie, explained the need for new strategic partnership, training support services and developments in thematic training to respond to complex political contexts and operating environments. Please click here for the full text of his presentation.

Critical Factors for Sustainable Peace and Development discussed by ACUNS Panel (18/06/2016)

 Japanese scholars, Shoji, Fujishige and Miura as well as Bemnet Debebe examined various aspects of peace operations and global governance.

China’s Efforts in Achieving MDGs (18/06/2016)

 At the ACUNS Annual Conference held in New York, Huang He, Deputy D-G of UN Association of China, explained how China had achieved seven out of eight MDGs. Click here for his full explanation.

In Memoriam: Atsuhito and Takehito Nakata (19/06/2016)

 Mr. Takehito Nakata, who followed his son, Atsuhito Nakata and kept the torch of world peace, died on 23 May 2016.

Gambari advocates “Just Security” for Achieving Global Peace and Security (17/06/2016)

 Former Foreign Minister and Permanent Representative of Nigeria and Under-Secretary-General Ibrahim Gambari delivered his John Holmes Memorial Lecture at ACUNS Annual Meeting in New York. Please click here for an extended version of his speech.

Hasegawa encourages Hosei students to gain understanding and interest in the international affairs (06/06/2016)

 Hosei University students learnt the roles of the UN and Japan in achieving international peace, development, human rights, humanitarian assistance, nuclear disarmament and natural environment. Click here for a report of the lecture by Takashi Kamishiro.

Implementing the 2030 Agenda: The Challenge of Conflict (06/06/2016)

 Quotes from Hasegawa on Post-Conflict Leadership as Key to Building Sustainable Peace and Development.

Einstein: “We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.” (02/06/2016)

 Hasegawa: “We cannot achieve our goal of integrating Japan with the World unless we are ready to integrate ourselves with the peoples of the World Community.” Please click here for details. (Photo: quotesvil.com)

EU Council President Donald Tusk and EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker call for global solidarity (26/05/2016)

 Just before the Ise-Shima G7 Summit started in Japan, EU Council and Commission Presidents stressed migrants and refugees are a global crisis requiring global solidarity and assistance. (Photo: EC Audiovisual Services)

PM Shinzo Abe announces Japan will accept 150 Syrian students in five years (20/05/2016)

 Hasegawa: Japan is making a first positive step, although the number is minuscule compared with 12,000 students and trainees proposed in three years.

Paul Krugman: Fiscal expansion only a way left to revive Japanese economy in spite of adverse debt impact (22/03/2016)

 PM Shinzo Abe takes Paul Krugman’s suggestion and is proposing fiscal demand stimulus at Ise-Shima G7 Summit. Click here for detail of the analysis meeting held by Krugman and Shinzo Abe.

UN Chronicle: Post-Conflict Leadership – Key to Sustainable Peace and Development (April 2016)

 In April 2016 issue of the UN Chronicle Magazine, former SRSG Hasegawa asserts, the critical task for national leaders is to secure political stability and national unity by influencing the thought and behavior of opponents.

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