Yutaka Akino International Memorial Symposium in Tokyo

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At the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan International Symposium on the 20th anniversary of the tragic death of Japanese political scientist Professor Yutaka Akino was held. The symposium gathered numerous participants from among the high-ranking politicians of Japan, representatives of Tajik and Japanese think tanks and academia.

The keynote speeches were addressed by the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, Mr. Taro Kono, the Chairman of the Japan-Tajikistan Parliamentary Friendship League Mr. Keiji Furuya, the Member of the House of Councillors, Mr. Keizo Takemi followed by number of associates and students of Professor Yutaka Akino.

During their speeches, they noted the valuable experience and contribution of Professor Yutaka Akino as a conflictologist and political adviser to the United Nations Mission of Observers in Tajikistan (UNMOT) in the making of peace and stability in Tajikistan.

Dr. Akino and his colleagues from Poland, Uruguay and Tajikistan were killed while carrying out UN mandate in Tajikistan in 1998. He is considered one of the founders of the development of friendly relations between the two countries based on mutual understanding and support.

From Tajik side the Head of Department of the Strategic Research Center under the President of the Republic of Tajikistan, Mr. Hakim Abdullohi Rahnamo made a speech, and spoke about the history and aspects of the negotiation and peace process in Tajikistan, the national and regional significance of peace-building experience in the country. With regard to the post-conflict reconstruction of Tajikistan and the current achievements of the country, he noted that today under the leadership of the Founder of Peace and National Unity, the Leader of the Nation, the President of the country of Mr. Emomali Rahmon, Tajikistan has transformed from a ruined post-conflict state into a peaceful and developing country, where political stability is ensured and a high rate of socio-economic growth is observed.

In discussing the terrorist attack motives with regard to Professor Yutaka Akino and other foreign nationals by militants of radical groups in Tajikistan, the symposium participants pointed out that radical hatred towards other peoples and civilizations, are an integral part of the ideology of modern terrorist organizations from the Middle East to Central and South Asia. For instance, only established facts show that about 100 foreign citizens were killed or taken hostages by armed militants of the Islamic Revival Party of Tajikistan during the years of the civil war, including employees of international organizations, diplomats, UN observers, international peacekeeping forces officers, journalists, tourists and so on.

Taking into account its extremist and terrorist nature in September 2015 the Supreme Court of Tajikistan has taken a decision to prohibit the activities of the IRP in Tajikistan subsequently its activities banned on the territory of all member countries of the CIS, CSTO, and SCO.

The symposium stressed the special role of the Republic of Tajikistan in the fight against extremism and terrorism at the present stage, which has important national and international significance. One of the important steps of Tajikistan in this direction is the successful holding of the High-Level International Conference on Countering Terrorism and Preventing Violent Extremism in early May this year in Dushanbe.

Also during the symposium, the speakers noted with satisfaction the successful expansion and strengthening of diplomatic relations between the two countries since their establishment in 1992 and stressed the desire to further develop cooperation in various fields, both in bilateral and multilateral formats, particularly in the framework of the "Central Asia + Japan" Dialogue.

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Tajikistan