Team ADU. New Delhi. Former Indian Ambassador to Japan Aftab Seth has been honoured  with a top award for his role in strengthening ties between the two countries. Seth, an IFS officer who had served in the External Affairs Ministry in various key positions including the Spokesman of the Ministry, has been conferred the ‘Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun Services’.

“He (Seth) contributed to developing Japan-India relations and promoting friendly ties between the two countries by making efforts to strengthen ‘Global Partnership between Japan and India’, which was established at the time of Japanese Prime Minister Mr. Mori’s visit to India in August 2000, and exerting himself to realize the Indian Prime Minister Mr. Vajpayees visit to Japan in December 2001,” the citation said.

He was the Indian Ambassador to Japan, Micronesia, Vietnam and Greece. After joining the Ministry of External Affairs of India, he served in the embassies in Beirut, Cairo and Jakarta and the consulates in Karachi and Hamburg.

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Professor and Director of Global Security Research Institute, Keio,Chairman of the International Advisory Committee, Keio University & International Advisor, Keio University Presently he is the Chairman & CEO, India Global Link Co., Ltd.,Chairman, Japan-India Partnership Forum ,Chairman, Global Indian International School of Tokyo and Visiting Professor Business – Break -Through University Tokyo.

He is a visiting Proffessor at Kenichi Ohmae Institute of Management in Tokyo.  It is called the Business Break through University and it is virtual education by and large. He is also Chairman of the Global Indian International Schools Japan and Vice President of the Global Schools Foundation in Singapore, which runs schools in Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, UAE, Japan and India. He is helping the foundation expand in Africa and other parts of the world.

A former member of the management board of the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade in New Delhi  a former visiting prof. at the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay and a former visiting Prof at Konan Univ. in Kobe, he was the first director and professor of the Global Security research institute at my alma mater in Keio univ Tokyo, the oldest univ. in Japan. He is a member of the World Parliament of Cultures based in Bilkent University in Ankara, the biggest private university in Turkey. This is connected with the  Royal Institute of Inter Faith Studies in Amman run by Prince Hassan of Jordan, my class mate at Christ Church ,Oxford. He has been to these places to lecture. Also to Vietnam, to the Institute of International Relations and to Vietnam University and the university of Foreign trade. He has been often to lecture  at these universities both when he was ambassador in Hanoi and later from Keio.

He has also lectured at think tanks in Moscow and St Petersburg in Russia, at Christ Church New Zealand, at the Hudson Institute in Washington  D.C., at Harvard University ,  at Columbia university in New York and in New Jersey, at the Casa Asia in Madrid Spain, at the University of Seville, at Prince Hassan University, Morocco, at Cairo University and Al Azhar in Egypt ,Al Quds University in Jerusalem and in Ramalla in the Palestine territory,in Damascus at universities and think tanks,at universities in Sri Lanka and He has visited universities in Melbourne and Sydney in Australia and in Auckland and Wellington in New Zealand. He has given lectures at some of these places  including the Chatham Institute in London . He has visited  all these  universities  including the universities of Oxford and Cambridge in his capacity as International Advisor at Keio University in Tokyo.

He has lectured at universities in Karachi , Pakistan, in Jakarta , Bandung , Bali, Padang ,Medan in Indonesia, at several universities in Greece and have visited several universities in Lebanon  ,Syria ,Jordan and in Israel. In Vietnam He has lectured at dozens of universities all over the country.

ADU not only congratulates but also takes pride in this honour being conferred to its Chairman Advisory Board. Sir may you receive many more such honours in life.