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Tokyo Liaison Office

 ACUNS appointed Professor Sukehiro Hasegawa as Director of the ACUNS Liaison Office subsequent to his completing his term on the Board, which ended in June 2015. In this Liaison officer role, Professor Hasegawa will represent ACUNS’ interests in continuing to work with the three UN studies associations, as well as serving as a contact and focal point in particular for ACUNS in Japan including assistance where possible to ACUNS members who may be looking to conduct work or make new contacts in Japan. Reference http://acuns.org/tokyo-liaison-office/


Office Address

ACUNS Tokyo Office 1-7-2-801 Hiroo, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0012, Japan

Telefax number: 81-3-6450-6292 / E-mail address: sh[@]acuns.tokyo


Secretariat Staff

Liaison Officer
(Since 2017 -)
Sukehiro HASEGAWA
Sukehiro HASEGAWA


 Sukehiro Hasegawa is the president of the Global Peacebuilding Association of Japan. He served as Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Timor-Leste and as Head of the United Nations Mission of Support in East Timor (UNMISET), the United Nations Office in Timor-Leste (UNOTIL), and the United Nations Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT) from May 2004 to September 2006. He served with the United Nations since 1969. He held several senior positions within the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) and United Nations peacekeeping operations. He was Deputy Resident Representative of UNDP in Nepal, from 1978 to 1980, and in Indonesia, from 1980 to 1984. He later served as UNDP Resident Representative and Resident Coordinator of the United Nations operational activities for development in Samoa, the Cook Islands, Niue and Tokelau. In 1993, he managed the United Nations Volunteer electoral supervisors assigned to plan and administer general elections in Cambodia.

 In April 1994, he was appointed Director of Policy and Planning of the United Nations peacekeeping operation in Somalia, and in January 1995, he became the United Nations Resident Coordinator in Rwanda. He subsequently served as the Deputy Assistant Administrator and Deputy Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific at UNDP in New York. From July 2002 to May 2004, he served as the United Nations Resident Coordinator for Timor-Leste, and concurrently as Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Timor-Leste and Deputy Head of UNMISET. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from the University of Michigan, a Master of Arts degree in public administration from the International Christian University of Tokyo, and a Ph.D. in international relations from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. Dr. Hasegawa is member of the Board of Directors of Japan Association of United Nations Studies and member of the Earth Charter Commission for Asia and the Pacific. He is a Goodwill Ambassador of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste and served as Special Advisor to President José Ramos-Horta from 2006 to 2012.

Director
(Since 2017 -)
Ai KIHARA-HUNT


Ai KIHARA-HUNT


 Ai Kihara-Hunt is currently Associate Professor, Graduate Program on Human Security, the University of Tokyo, since January 2017. She also serves as Deputy Director, Research Center for Sustainable Peace at her university. She was member of the UN Police Doctrinal Development Group, Department of Peacekeeping Operations of the United Nations in 2016. She has obtained a PhD from the University of Essex with her research on individual criminal accountability of UN police personnel, under the supervision by Prof. Françoise Hampson.

Deputy-Director
(Since November 2018 -)
Herman SALTON

Herman SALTON


 Dr. Herman Salton is currently Associate Professor of International Relations at the International Christian University (ICU) in Tokyo, Japan, and specializing in international organizations, global ethics, international law, and the United Nations. He was educated at the Universities of Trento (Italy), Auckland (New Zealand), Wales (UK), and Oxford (UK), and holds two doctoral degrees, one in international law and the other in international relations. He was a visiting scholar at Sciences-Po Paris and TUJ Tokyo; an officer at the Icelandic Human Rights Centre in Reykjavik, Iceland; and briefly an Associate in the Under-Secretary-General’s Office at UN Headquarters in New York, USA. He has served as a Senior Adviser to the Center for Advanced Studies in South Asia (CASS) in Kathmandu, Nepal, and as Treasurer of the International Studies Association’s Asia-Pacific Section (ISA-AP). He is fluent in English, Italian, French and Spanish.

Assistant
(Since November 2018 -)
Maja LIECHTI

Maja LIECHTI


 Ms. Maja Liechti is a Swiss national currently studying at the University of Tokyo in the ‘’Japan in East Asia’’ program, which focuses on an interdisciplinary approach on Asian diplomatic relations with a specific focus on Japan, and the Global Education for Innovation and Leadership (GLP-GEfIL) program on peacebuilding and global governance. She has been active in various student forums such as Zurich Model United Nations (ZUMUN) and the Global Next Leaders Forum (GNFL) and served as a facilitator in the discussion of various issues such as the Syrian war and Gender Inequality in Japan. She has experience in working with Kurdish refugees in a refugee camp in Dunkirk. She is fluent in English, German, French and Polish. Her Japanese is at an intermediate level.