Since 2007 I have done my peace and protection the environment actions in this world. And this year – important year for peace – 70 anniversary of ending of World War 2, 40 anniversary of ending of Vietnam war, and 25th anniversary of falling of Berlin Wall, I myself as Japanese I have tried to do an action in Japan using all of my experiences and knowledge and skills for Japan from Japan.
Till now why I have not tried to do any actions in my country Japan because Japanese society is one of closed society following education society and elite society and little conservative country due to the geographical reason of Island . Japan have kept peace over 70 years, Japan have helped many countries in this world, Japan have grown very fast and entered in the top rich country in this world. However in my opinion through the 70 years after World War 2, Japanese people have forgotten the sense of Japanese, “Morality”, “Common Sense”, and “Humanity” compare with past time.
I would like to give several example through my experiences.
1.)- In a train or bus, or inside of the transportation in Japan, – it is normal thing that if we see some old people, we try to give the seat – but Japan when I came back, just I myself try to do the actions for taking care of older one….no one try to do same things as I try
2.)-People’s attitude for good actions – people they do not believe the good actions, or good mind. The media news broadcast bad news every single day, some of incident, some of accident, or some misery in Japan. But when some people try to do some good things – suddenly people doubt, attack and against those good stuff- just because of the name of risk, or people just follow the materialism and capitalism – people couldn’t trust those self-sacrifice. This time situation is exactly told us the Japanese people’s mentality not all of them but some part of people who live in Japan.
I myself for Japan for real peace – we tried to connect two city between Poland Oswiecim and Japan Minami-Kyushu – in order to spread real peace message. The purpose was to forget all the frame of human being which is race, religions, gender, generation, and past frame of the history like, winner or loser, victim or assailant, strong or weak, across these all frame and for the name of peace we tried to do some exchanging program of youth and culture in order to deepen the awareness of peace, and respect multi culture and diversity.
However as soon as media broadcasted the news – people started against the pure partnership for peace. – their opinion is -it is not same back ground- between “Tokko” & “Massacre”, and if connected with two city – people afraid that the place may become same position as Nazi, and the place may become the place of symbol of assailant and unreasonableness of former Japanese forces, and it is disrespect for those young soldier who flew as suicide attack – no choice but to follow the order of government with their pure love and pray for their family, lovers, friends, and children.
When I read these people who against the partnership – opinions – I felt full of worry about this country Japan future. –Yes there are young soldier flew for Japan as “Kamikaze” – Japanese people and we all need to know the truth, and truth is that we all have same feeling that we all have same mentality of human being, “Love the family, love the friends, love the lovers, and love children,” But also same time they felt “Destiny” and Determined to use their life for future peaceful world.
– The wonderful touching message we can see at Peace Museum at Minami-Kyushu.
The biggest point is NOT FOCUS on the past history political view, but we need to FOCUS on our same common feeling and mind of humanity and FOCUS on the future generation to not make same sad incident and not to make same mistake of WAR. This point “Do not need to make same mistake of WAR and Incident” is exactly same view for all of us.
It is global common feeling in this world.
“Oswiecim”- they did great way of education in order to not make same mistake of WAR GLOBALLY & LOCALLY. People who do not know Oswiecim atmosphere, or People just visit the museum as a one day tour – easy to focus on just the history of massacre but, if we visit and stay with people – we do can feel different point of atmosphere which is all different nationality from students to adult people they helped each other and educate people, educate young students the common feeling of humanity and War in a various actions – such as volunteer, education at educational exchange facility, and culture event – Exhibition, Poem, lecture, Theater, and Music event!
World nowadays -people do not focus on the image of the country, but people have been able to say good thing is good, and focus on future generation, many places from government, NGO, school all together try to educate Peace in a various actions with many different people -Parents, -teacher, -neighbor, -foreigner, and -elder students all together people try to make a better world. Yes we need to remind our origins. We need to respect ancestor, and with our respect and appreciation we need to learn and we need to step forward to the bright future not go back to the war.
Now Japan the point many people need to remind our goodness and humanity, morality, and common sense, and global view of the world. I convince that when WE “Japanese” remind the point, exactly we can take initiative for making peaceful world in this world as just only country where suffer from atomic bomb, and just only one country where have not had fighting over 70 years!