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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

Director
(Since 2017 -)
Sukehiro HASEGAWA


 Sukehiro Hasegawa is the President of the Global Peacebuilding Association of Japan. He served as Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) for Timor-Leste and as Head of three UN peacekeeping and peacebuilding missions, UNMISET, UNOTIL and UNMIT from May 2004 to September 2006.

 Since he joined the United Nations in 1969, he held several senior positions in the United Nations System. He was Deputy Resident Representative of UNDP in Nepal and Indonesia respectively from 1978 to 1984 and UN Resident Coordinator in the South Pacific from 1984 to 1986. In 1986, he became Deputy Executive Coordinator of the UN Volunteers headquartered in Geneva and in 1993, he managed the United Nations Volunteer electoral supervisors in Cambodia. In 1994, he was appointed Director of Policy and Planning of the United Nations peacekeeping operation in Somalia (UNOSOM), and in January 1995, he became the UN Resident Coordinator in Rwanda. He subsequently served as the Deputy Assistant Administrator of UNDP for Asia and the Pacific. From July 2002 to May 2004, he served as Deputy SRSG and concurrently the UN Resident Coordinator for Timor-Leste before was appointed SRSG in May 2004.

 Dr. Hasegawa holds a BA from the University of Michigan, a MA in public administration from ICU in Tokyo, and a Ph.D. from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. He is currently Executive Director for Academic Exchange, UN Association of Japan; Chair of the Council of Hiroshima Peacebuilders Center; Councilor of the National Federation of UNESCO Associations of Japan (NFUAJ) and member of the Earth Charter Commission for Asia and the Pacific. He is Special Advisor to former President José Ramos-Horta of Timor-Leste.

Deputy 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.

Director for Administration
(Since November 2019 -)
Masakuni TANIMOTO

Masakuni TANIMOTO


 Masakuni Tanimoto is a Executive Director of World Federalist Movement of Japan as well as a Secretariat of Japanese Parliamentary Committee for the World federation. He has obtained a degree (Social Sciences) from National Institution for Academic Degrees after learning at multiple universities. Launching a business when he was a university student, he stays in the current post after serving as a president of a consolidated subsidiary of a major public relations agency and the like. Through his career building, he has been involved in enlightenment activities for disseminating UN philosophy, organization of meetings regarding UN reform and policy proposal to the Japanese government.

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.