International Terrorism and Japan’s Strategy for Security, Public Order Measures and Cooperation Efforts (22/09/2018)

 Ambassador in charge of International Cooperation for Countering Terrorism and International Organized Crime, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan Eiji YAMAMOTO, explained the incidents of international terrorism has reached its highest frequency in OECD countries, while it declined in Southeast Asia.

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Several Mikoshis, or portable miniature shrines, were carried by Japanese and foreigners in the streets of Shibuya City during autumn festivals. (16/09/2018)

 The arrival of autumn is celebrated by carrying the Mikoshi shrines that are said to hold the spirit of the deity of that shrine. Shinto followers believe that it serves as the vehicle to transport a deity while moving between main shrine and temporary shrine during a festival. It is paraded around local areas and signifies the prevention of misfortune and wishing for the happiness of its people. The mikoshi is shaken and rocked not just to make a racket, but rather a gesture for the deity, to have it involved in the fun of the festival. Also rocking the mikoshi is thought to enliven the land.

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Sen Genshitsu, 15th Grand Master of Urasenke and President of the UN Association of Japan, elucidated the relationship between an individual or a nation and the international community, and pointed out the necessity of understanding what the United Nations stood for. (10/09/2018)

 At the same annual meeting of the heads of UN Associations of Japan, China and Korea held on August 27, 2018 at the Plaza Hotel in Seoul, Professor Ahn Byun-Jun of Korea gave a lecture on a theme entitled “Challenges to the Liberal International Order”.

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President of the Kofi Annan Foundation, Mr. Alan Doss, has indicated that Mrs. Annan and the family appreciated condolence messages from Japan. (03/09/2018)

 President of the Kofi Annan Foundation, Mr. Alan Doss, has indicated that Mrs. Annan and the family appreciated condolence messages received from many people in Japan and that the Foundation will continue to uphold Kofi Annan`s legacy.

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The final plenary session of the International Student Conference was held at the National Olympics Memorial Youth Center in Yoyogi, Tokyo. (02/09/2018)

 International student councils, where students from 30 countries from around the world and Japanese students conduct international exchanges and discussions, discussed the issues faced by the world in the week from August 25 while travelling around together in various parts of Japan. On the final day of September 2, we announced the results of our discussions and asked the president of the International Peacebuilding Association of Japan and former UN Secretary General and asked the chairman of the Japan International Peacebuilding Association to evaluate our presentations. (Masaaki Mabuchi, Emily Okabe)

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Core Group Meeting of the Eminent Persons Group on Peace and Stability in Africa (01/09/2018)

 The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Nippon Foundation co-hosted the Core Group Meeting of the Eminent Persons Group on Peace and Stability in Africa on 31st August and 1st September. Five former Heads of State were invited to the Meeting with the aim of suggesting proposals in the field of peace, security and stability in Africa. (MOFA Press Release)

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Former Japanese diplomats, U.N. experts recall Kofi Annan’s support and commitment (30/08/2018)

 Erick Johnson of the Japan Times writes former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan, who died earlier this month, was remembered by former Japanese diplomats and U.N. experts as a strong supporter of Security Council reform plans that could have given Japan a permanent seat.

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Global Peacebuilding Association of Japan presents “International Terrorism and Japan`s Preparedness” (22/09/2018)

 Ambassador Eiji Yamamoto in charge of international terrorism and organized crime countermeasures will make a presentation on Japan`s preparedness followed by discussions from 15:30 to 17:40 on Saturday 22nd September 2018 at JICA Research Institute at Ichigaya Room 201. If you would like to participate, please contact Mr. Masakuni Tanimoto Secretary-General of GPAJ (tanimoto[@]gpaj.org).

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Michelle Bachelet is new United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. (10/08/2018)

 The General Assembly approved on August 10 the appointment of Michelle Bachelet as the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights effective September 2018. Bachelet is a prominent women’s rights advocate who served as the first woman president in Chile and is expected to assert her leadership in advancing human rights in the world with rising racial tension and authoritarian rule.

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2018 JCK Youth Forum Japanese Participants holds its Preparatory Workshop on August 5-7 at the Olympic Memorial Youth Center in Tokyo (07/08/2018)

 This is the report of the Preparatory Workshop for the 2018 JCK Youth Forum Japanese Participants on August 5-7 at the Olympic Memorial Youth Center in Tokyo.

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[NOTICE] Status and Problems of Refugees and Immigrants in Japan will be assessed by President Saburo Takizawa of UNHCR Association of Japan and Ms. Mio Sato IOM Chief of Mission in Japan (19/08/2018)

 To participate, please contact GPAJ Secretary-Genral Masakuni TANIMOTO (tanimoto[@]gpaj.org).
[Date and time] Sunday, August 19, 1900 (Sun) 15: 00 ~ 17: 30
[Venue] Ichigaya JICA Research Institute Conference Room
[Organized by] Global Peacebuilding Association of Japan (GPAJ)

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Joint Action Plan drawn up by the Russian Defense Ministry for return of Syrian refugees from neighboring countries of Jordan, Lebanon, and Turkey. (21/07/2018)

 At a press conference held at UN Headquarters on July 20, US Secretary of State Pompeo stated Presidents Trump and Putin discussed how to return Syrian refugees who had fled the war-torn country during their behind closed doors meeting in Helsinki on July 16, 2018.

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[Geneva Dialogue] ICRC`s humanitarian mission and neutrality emphasized by Director of Operations Dominik Stillhart, and Coordinators Simon Schorno for Asia and the Pacific and Valerie Petitpierre for Syria (17/07/2018)

 On July 16, five discussants, Professors Aigul Kulnazarova of Tama University, Yasushi KATSUMA of Waseda University, Zhang Guihong of Fudan University, Sijeong Lim, University of Amsterdam, and Colonel Amarsaikhan Serdari of the Mongolian Armed Forces as well as Icchiku Yamada of Tokyo University commented on the Implications of the Breaches of Humanitarian Law and discussed what East Asian countries can do.

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[UN Family Reunion] Former Chinese Team Leader of Military Observers Hongsheng SHENG who is now Professor of Public International Law at Shanghai University of Political Sciences and Law meets IOM Director General William Swing who was SRSG and Head of MONUC in the Congo 13 years ago. (17/07/2018)

 Professor Hongsheng SHENG met with Director General Ambassador William Swing in Geneva during his participation in the Geneva Dialogue of East Asian Scholars with UN and International Organizations held on July 16 and 17, 2018.

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At the dialogue held at Palais Wilson in Geneva on 17 July, Human Rights Issues were addressed by United Nations Deputy High Commissioner and discussed with East Asian Scholars (17/07/2018)

 Human Rights is NOT in Retreat insisted by Deputy UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Kate Gilmore, while Importance of Universal Periodic Review emphasized by UPR Chief Mr. Gianni MAGAZZENI.

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Achim Wennmann, Executive Coordinator, Geneva Peacebuilding Platform, and other Peace and Development Experts present their Perspectives to Asian Scholars (17/07/2018)

 Three other speakers were: Robert Watkins, Former Resident Coordinator of the United Nations Operational Activities in Bangladesh, Delidji Eric Degila, Adjunct Professor of International Relations at Benin Ecole Nationale d’Administration, and Mark Downes, Assistant Director and Head of DCAF’s Operations Department contributed to the Geneva Dialogue with their insightful presentations.

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