Dr. Vanessa Abou-Khalil discusses Japan-Middle East Relations at the YCAPS Seminar. (23/12/2023)


Dr. Vanessa Abou-Khalil, the GPAJ member, discusses the historical evolution of the relationship between Japan and the Middle East during periods of conflict with the United States as part of the Yokosuka Council on Asia-Pacific Studies (YCAPS) Seminar.To access the full recorded discussion on 23 July 2023, please click on the link below: https://youtu.be/iUFQwLn6rdI?si=9SyFlxmEKRIOfNNS


“History Continues: Three Models of the Continuation of History” (29/09/2023)


In his presentation of his book, entitled History Continues – Three Models of the Continuation of History, Ambassador Dr. Kicmari made a detailed assertion of the return of ideological competition in international relations. This hybrid discussion meeting was attended by 20 participants in person at the venue and about 10 persons online. The following is a summary of the presentation and the remarks made by the participants.


Mr. Shishino said, “Although the paths are different, there is only one purpose, and although each teaching is different, it is explained that the goal is one.” (21/09/2023)


In the keynote speech at the International Day of Peace symposium, SHISHINO Fumio, Chairman of the World Federation Cultural Education Promotion Council and Chairman of the Japan Religious Federation, said that in the Shinto Fuso religion, Mt. Fuji is the fundamental dojo, and there are five trails to climb the mountain. These are the Kitaguchi Yoshida Pathway and the Funatsu Pathway in Yamanashi Prefecture, and the East Exit Subashiri Pathway, Fujinomiya Murayama Pathway, and Gotemba Pathway in Shizuoka Prefecture. Each of them is proud that their path is the best, but they all agree that their destination is one place. Although the paths are different, there is only one purpose, and although each teaching is different, it is explained that the goal is one. Mr. Shishino preached that wishing and praying for the happiness of all living beings is the same thing. Click here for the full text of the keynote speech in Japanese.


Prospect for Legitimacy-Based Change in the Socio-Political Crisis in Iran. (15/09/2023)


Iranian scholars Reza Arab and Forough Jonghani made presentations on the need for change sparked by protests after the death of Mahsa Amini. Initiated by the ‘Woman Life Freedom’ movement, most Iranian citizens hope for a future with a government of the people and for the people, separation of church and state, prioritization of domestic needs over adverse foreign policy, inclusion of all citizens’ ethnicities and religions, increased global trade and revived tourism, a non-partisan view of other countries’ political and social systems and international alliances.


Online Discussion Meeting on the New Agenda for Peace Saturday, 19 August at 9:00 p.m. Tokyo time


In his opening speech to the online meeting of former UN Special Representatives and Ambassadors to the United Nations, Professor Tshilidzi MARWALA, Rector of the UN University, warned about “the weaponization of new and emerging technologies.” MARWALA also pointed out that the rapid “developments in artificial intelligence and quantum technology-related weapons systems are exposing the insufficiency of existing global governance frameworks.” In concluding his opening remarks, MARWALA echoed the call made by Secretary-General António Guterres “to explore, formulate, and present to the UN and its member states to take concrete actions to prevent the weaponization of emerging technologies and promote their responsible application.” Please click here for the full text of his opening remarks.