Mr. Yasushi Akashi

Chairman, International House of Japan
Former Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations

<Major Works>

My Cambodian PKO Diary (2017)
How to negotiate with “Dictators”
In the Valley between War and Peace- Personalities I met (2007)
The United Nations- Its History and Prospects (2006)


Mr. Akashi graduated from the University of Tokyo in 1954. He thereafter studied at the University of Virginia as a Fulbright Scholar, and later at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. He joined the United Nations Secretariat in 1957, as the first Japanese staff member at the UN. He held numerous positions in the UN community, served as Ambassador at the Permanent Mission of Japan to the United Nations, UN Under-Secretary-General for Public Information and later for Disarmament Affairs, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Cambodia and later for the Former Yugoslavia, and then Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs until the end of 1997. Currently, he is Chairman of the International House of Japan, Representative of the Government of Japan on Peace-Building in Sri Lanka, President of the Japanese Organization for International Cooperation in Family Planning (JOICFP), and Visiting Professor of Kwansei Gakuin University.