Akino Memorial Research

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The UNU Akino Memorial Research Fellowship is awarded for studies in the fields of human security and sustainable development in Central Asia and neighboring regions. It was instituted in 1999[1] in memory of Dr. Yutaka Akino, who was killed in July 1998 while on active service as a Civil Affairs Officer of the United Nations Mission of Observers in Tajikistan (UNMOT).[2]

The fellowship links the UNU-Akino Memorial Research Project on Central Asia and neighboring regions where Akino had an academic and professional interest.[2] On an exceptional basis, fellowships can be awarded to nationals of Central Asian countries who study at a Japanese university.[2]

In 1999 the UNU received a ¥100 million donation from the Japanese government in memory of Akino.[1] Half of the donation is being used to fund the five-year Akino Memorial Research Project.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "UNU selects 2001 Akino Memorial research fellows". UNU Update. Retrieved 2009-01-11. 
  2. ^ a b c "UNU Akino Memorial Research Fellowships". United Nations University. Retrieved 2009-01-11. 

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