2015 (Journal)

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JCK secretariat meets at UN University to prepare for the Fukuoka Youth Forum (17/12/2015)

 JCK Youth Forum students met with Professor Hasegawa and Ms. Kumi Kim of the UN Association of Japan and discussed the program and logistical arrangements for the Fukuoka Youth Forum to be held in September 2016.

Hasegawa: UN peacebuilding continues to encounter aspirational challenges (11/12/2015)

 At the invitation of Professor Yasushi Katsuma, Dean, International Studies Program, Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies (GSAPS) and Professor Mariko Shoji of Keiai University, Professor Hasegawa identified policy aspirations and realities on the ground in UN peace operations. Please click here for a summary of his lecture.

JCK OB/OG participants hold an end-of-year party (6/12/2015)

 Organized by Ms. Bomi Kwon, a group of JCK forum meetings held a dinner party at a Korean restaurant Sonamu (소나무) in Ebisu, Tokyo. Joined by Professor Hasegawa, former and current students came and enjoyed their get-together.

JCK secretariat members meet for preparation of the 2016 Fukuoka Youth Forum (6/12/2015)

 2015 JCK leaders including Hiroto Kiyozumi, Bomi Kwon, Eriko Kawashima, Kiyomi Ikenoue, Ayaka Mae and 2016 JCK leaders, Akihide Toda, Kana Horibe, Hirotaka Koike, Hideaki Tonoike, were joined by Misato Nagakawa and Ataka Goto, former JCK leaders. They discussed with Professor Hasegawa how to plan and implement the JCK Youth Forum in Fukuoka in June 2016.

Nagasaki scholar calls for a comprehensive approach to nuclear free Northeast Asia

 The “denuclearization of DPRK first” approach has brought nothing but stagnation of negotiation for long time.

Edgar calls for a fair assessment of the United Nations

 On 19 October 2015, Dr. Alistair Edgar, Executive Director of the Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS) spoke at the University of Tokyo if the UN was still Fit for Peace and Security Governance.

Timorese Minister recognizes a Paradox of the Colonialism (15/11/2015)

 In his speech at the Australian National University, Minister Agio Pereira explained the significance of colonial legacy that led to the birth of independent sovereign state of Timor-Leste. Click here for a full text of his speech.

Toward a New Global Development System for the 21st Century (17/10/2015)

 Dr. Kazuo Takahashi, Former Professor, International Christian University, Tokyo, points out the emergence of a twin structure of development cooperation, i.e. the traditional Bretton Woods-DAC regime and a new system consisting of the AIIB, the New Development Bank and the Chinese bilateral cooperation system.

Former UNESCO Official and Chuo University Professor Takeo Uchida finds political and institutional deficit to implement global governance. (17/10/2015)

 Uchida endorses Kofi Annan and The Elders’ proposal to include a new category of semi-permanent membership in the Security Council representing a modified Model B proposed by the 2004 High-Level Panel on New Threats, Challenges and Change. Please click here for the full text of Uchida’s paper.

Professor Higashi Identifies Challenges of Constructing Legitimacy in Peacebuilding (23/10/2015)

 At a book launching event, hosted by UN University Library on 23 October 2015, Dr. Daisaku Higashi, Associate Professor in the University of Tokyo, presented his analysis of the challenges faced in establishing legitimate governments in post-conflict states and examined the cases of Afghanistan, Iraq, Sierra Leone, and East Timor.

Hasegawa: Spirit of Reconciliation should invigorate “Forgivers to Forgive” as much as “Perpetrators to Admit and Apologize” (17/10/2015)

 At the trilateral conference in Shanghai, Professor Hasegawa called for Chinese and Korean leaders to be magnanimous and forgive Japan as much as the Japanese leaders have admitted and apologized for what Japan did to China and Korea before and during World War II in order to achieve reconciliation.

Chinese Delegation Head calls for an Innovative Global and Regional Governance Architecture to enable Win-Win Cooperation (17/10/2015)

 LIU Zhixian, Vice President and Director-General of UNA-China and Secretary General of CANUNS pointed out the international community expected more from the East Asian Community to provide East Asian perspectives and approaches to regional and global problems.

Jiemian YANG finds the enduring UN principles amid challenging global and regional changes (16/10/2015)

 In his keynote speech at the 15th East Asian Seminar on the UN system, Jiemian YANG, President Emeritus, Shanghai Institutes for Int’l Studies noted the need for East Asia to build up more consensus on the future orientations of their partnerships of regional and global governance. Click here for the full text of his speech.

Trilateral UN Academic Councils of Japan, China and Korea Meet at Fudan University in Shanghai, China (16-18/10/2015)

 The academic councils of the three Northeast Asian countries, the China Academic Net for United Nations Studies (CANUNS), the Japan Association for United Nations Studies (JAUNS) and the Korea Academic Council on the United Nations System (KACUNS) met and discussed global and regional peace and security issues along with sustainable development and human rights. Please click here for the full story and program.

UN Official: “Learn Second UN Language to enhance employment chances in the United Nations”

 Mr. Michael Emery, a key member of the UN Inter-agency Outreach Missions to Japan, says the UN is determined to increase Japan`s representation and points to the importance of Japanese applicants having “soft” as well as “hard” competencies and a second UN language including French, Spanish or Arabic, in addition to English to enhance employment chances in the United Nations.

“Russia passes the West in Race across the Syrian Minefield” (10/10/2015)

 In his article contributed to the Japan Times, Professor Ramesh Thakur of the Australian National University postulates that Russian President Vladmir Putin has challenged the notion that the West is the chosen ruler of the world and the US President is one who must be obeyed. Please click here for the full text of Professor Ramesh Thakur.

Three Northeast Asian Leaders Declare Their Policy Intentions (28-29/09/2015)

 At the UN General Assembly on 29 September 2015, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe stressed his intention to provide financial and technical assistance for Syrian refugees. On the previous day, Chinese President Xi Jinping said China would expand its engagement with the UN and send 8,000 troops as part of the UN peacekeeping forces. Korean President Park Geun-hye urged the international community to focus on resolving the North Korean nuclear issue.

Faculty Advisors from Japan, China and Korea Listen to JCK Students

 On September 17 at JCK Youth Forum, Professors Jieun Park of UNA-ROK and Sukehiro Hasegawa of UNA-Japan and Ms. Li Xueyao of UNA-China listened to JCK students make presentations of their discussions on lessons learned from history, climate change and humanitarian assistance. Please click here about what the Japanese students said. (Hiroto Kiyozumi)

Hasegawa: Japan should continue to strive for “an honored place” in the international community (30/09/2015)

 In his interview with NHK World, Professor Sukehiro Hasegawa, Former Special Representative of UN Secretary-General, expressed his hope that Japan continue to be guided by its own aspiration to attain “an honored place” in the international community, as Shigemitsu declared in his statement to the General Assembly when Japan was admitted to the UN in 1956. Please click here to find out more about what he said.

Japanese Students Performed Well at JCK Cultural Show in Gyeongju, South Korea

 On September 16, 2015, the JCK Youth Forum held a cultural night show. The Japanese students excelled in their performance of traditional songs and dances. Please click here for a full story and more pictures.

Ambassador Lu Shumin Speaks to Students from Japan and Korea as well as China

 At the opening session of the Japan-China-Korea Youth Forum held on September 15, 2015 in the historic city of Gyeongju, President of UN Association of China, Ambassador Lu Shumin calls on 80 students from Japan, China and Korea to learn from the history, have courage to take on responsibilities, have the wisdom to seek common ground and keep an open mind to embrace differences. Please click here for the full text of his opening remarks.

JCK Youth Forum Opens in Gyeongju, South Korea

 The sixth trilateral youth forum of Japanese, Chinese and Korean students was opened by its Secretary-General, KIM Dong Hyeon, on September 15, 2015. Presidents and Vice Presidents of the UN Associations of Japan, China and Korea as well as the World Federation of UN Associations participated in the opening ceremony.

HPC Council Discusses Training Plan for 2015

 At the meeting of HPC Council held on10 September 2015 at the UN University in Tokyo, Council Chair Hasegawa suggested the need to reflect the recommendations of four key advisory panels and bodies on UN peace operations and post-2015 sustainable development agenda. Please click here for the full text of his remarks.

UN General Assembly will discuss peace and development agenda

 The UN General Assembly will take up during its current session in September-December 2015 the recommendations made by three high level panels and an expert group as well as draft resolution submitted by the General Assembly President. Please click here to access these reports.

Ramos-Horta and Brahimi join the CCCPA Advisory Board

 Ashraf Swelam, Director of CCCPA, announced on August 27 that former President of Timor-Leste José Ramos-Horta and former Foreign Minister of Algeria Lakhdar Brahimi had accepted the invitations from the Cairo Center for Conflict Prevention and Peacekeeping in Africa (CCCPA) to become members of the CCCPA International Advisory Board. Please click here for a full list of the members.

CCCPA International Advisory Board holds its first meeting in Cairo (27/08/2015)

 On August 27, 2015, under the chairmanship of Amr Moussa, former Secretary General of the League of Arab States, the International Advisory Board of the Cairo Center for Conflict Resolution and Peacekeeping in Africa (CCCPA) held its first meeting in Cairo, Egypt. Please click here for more about the meeting and documents discussed by the Board.

Former Cabinet Secretary Yohei Kono on the 70th anniversary of the end of the War (20/08/2015)

 One day before Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made his statement or “danwa” about the 70th anniversary of the end of the War, Mr. Yohei Kono spoke on 13 August 2015 about its implications and ramifications in his appearance in a BS Fiji TV Prime News program (part1 / part2). Please click here for main points made by Mr. Kono and his statement issued in 1993.

JCK Students’ Observations about NHK Reports on Japan’s going to the War? (20th August 2015)

 During the workshop held from 6 to 8 August 2015 in Tokyo, the JCK students reviewed NHK reports on why and how Japan engaged in the acts of war in Asia and the Pacific during the 1930’s and the 1940’s. Please click here to find out what the students found out from the NHK reports.

Akashi points out the primacy of political process in peace operations and calls for balancing justice with national reconciliation (15th August 2015)

 On 1 July 20015, Mr. Yasushi Akashi, former Special Representative of the Secretary-General for the former Yugoslavia spoke to a group of policy makers, scholars and specialists at an international conference held in the Hague on the international decision-making process with reference to the Srebrenica genocide. Please click here for the full text of his opening remarks.

ACUNS Liaison Office established in Tokyo (13th August 2015)

 On August 10, 2015, the Executive Committee of Academic Council on the UN System and its Board of Directors unanimously decided to establish its Liaison Office and to appoint Professor Hasegawa as the first ACUNS Liaison Officer in Tokyo. Prior to this appointment, Hasegawa chaired an ACUNS session at the Hague Institute of Global Justice in the Netherlands on June 11.

Mr. Akashi speaks to ‘Best and Brightest’ JCK Forum Students (9th July 2015)

 On 7 July, Mr. Yasushi Akashi, Vice President of the UN Association of Japan spoke for one hour to a group of ‘best and brightest’ students who will participate in the JCK youth forum symposium to be held in Gyeongju, South Korea in September 2015.

Leadership traits required for achieving stability and peace in post-conflict countries (28th July 2015)

 At a seminar held on 23 June 2015 at the University of Tokyo, Professor Hasegawa identified leadership traits that proved decisive in preventing Timor-Leste from relapsing into intractable conflict and civil war in 2006. Please click here for his presentation.

Gaimusho Official Explains Japan’s position at COP21 in Paris (27th July 2015)

 According to Junya Nakano, Director for Climate Change of MOFA, Japan will call for a new framework to be adopted by COP21 in Paris that will bind all the developed and developing countries together. Please click here for a detailed note written by Rise Katsuda on Nakano’s explanation given on July 4, 2015.

Political nature of international humanitarian assistance explained by Masako Yonekawa (27th July 2015)

 On July 4th, 2015 at a seminar held in Tokyo, Professor Masako Yonekawa of Rikkyo University made a detailed briefing about the political factors that impacted humanitarian assistance as she spoke to Japanese students who are participating in the JCK youth forum in Korea in September 2015.

“Comfort Women” Issue addressed by Former AWF Secretary-General Momoyo Ise and Professors Mizuno and Kumagai (24th July 2015)

 Please click here for the content of the presentations made at the JCK seminar and the statements issued by Japanese political leaders, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yohei Kono in 1993, Prime Minister Tomiichi Murayama in 1995, Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto in 1996 and other Prime Ministers in subsequent years.

Former SRSG Hasegawa calls for closer cooperation among Japan, China and Korea in contributing to UN Peace Operations (20th July 2015)

 At an international symposium organized by the Academic Council on UN System (ACUNS) on East Asian contributions to UN peace operations held in Geneva on 15th June 2015, former SRSG Professor Sukehiro Hasegawa informed the participants about the past, present and future of Japan’s contributions to UN peace operations. Please click here for the full text.

Ambassador Kazuhiko Togo spoke to Participants of JCK Youth Forum about Trapezoid Perspective toward Historical Developments (July 4th 2015)

 Professor Kazuhiko Togo of Kyoto Sangyo University explained to selected Japanese participants of JCK Youth Forum to be held in Gyeongju, South Korea, in September 2015. He explained how Japan ascended into peaks in its position in the international community after the victories in Japan`s wars again China and Russia and lost all its achievements at the end of World War II in 1945.

Professor Hasegawa Insists UN Security Council Resolution Be Obtained for Any Japanese Self-Defense Forces Involvement in Security Operations (3rd July 2015)

 At a television talk on Japanese participation in UN peacekeeping operations, Professor Hasegawa, former Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Timor-Leste, emphasized the importance of having a Security Council resolution authorizing any particular security operation. Please click here (summary text) for his views.

Independent Panel Chair José Ramos-Horta Hands Summary Panel Report on UN Peace Operations to Yasushi Akashi, Vice President of the UN Association of Japan (20th June 2015)

 Click here for detail and the summary report.

Former President José Ramos-Horta welcomed by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (19th June 2015)

 Chairman of the High Level Independent Panel on UN Peace Operations, former President José Ramos-Horta was welcomed by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on 19 June 2015.

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