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  • Sep 29, 2021

President of AICA Japan Steps Down Amid Harassment Scandal

Exterior view of Sophia University, Tokyo. Image via Facebook.

Tokyo-based art historian and academic Michio Hayashi, who has been embroiled in a harassment lawsuit since April, resigned as president of the International Association of Art Critics (AICA) in Japan on September 18 before quitting the Association altogether, as confirmed by AICA’s standing committee to ArtAsiaPacific. Hayashi is still employed as a professor at Sophia University despite allegations of harassing a former female student over a period of more than a decade.