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"HEIWA" means peace in Japanese.

We hold a lecture presented by our honorary principle, Dr.Nakamura, at our morning meeting. This mini lecture is about HEIWA, peace in Japanese, and is given at 8:45am every Wednesday.
Its contents of the weekly lecture will be posted here in this HEIWA Lecture Page every week.

The 84th lecture HEIWA845 April 17th (Wed), White people who try to save slaves, Second

Mrs.Halidie, the Quaker, said to Elisa, "Do you want to go to Canada no matter what?" Elisa goes, "Yes, madam. I had a dream in which Slave-traders came to catch Harry last night." There came one rough guy, whispering something to Mr.Halidie. Elisa went pale thinking that there might be any flyers where she was wanted. Mrs.Halidie said to Elisa with a frightened look, "God has blessings for you. Your owner is now at the house of our mates. He is coming here tonight." Elisa repeated "Tonight, tonight.", sitting down and passed out. After a while, she woke up to find out Goeoge, her husband's face looking down on her with tears. There were some fellows chasing for them outside.

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The 83rd lecture HEIWA845 April 10th (Wed), Discrimination and Peace, 10th -White people who try to save slaves

Tom saved a beautiful girl called Eva who fell down to the Mississippi on the way to the market. Eva asked her father, St.Claire to buy and own him. Therefore he paid a lot of money to buy Tom. It was at the port in New Orleans. St.Claire had him as the coachman. Eva was happy with this sweet smile. By the way, what happened to the half-blooded beautiful slave, Elisa? Elisa had moved on to the house of the Quakers in Indiana. This one old Quaker women asked her, Do you really want to go to Canada? You can stay here as long as you want. God will always protect everybody who come to this village. Elisa goes "I will go to Canada." She made up her mind. More and more poeple were now trying to save slaves.

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The 82nd lecture HEIWA845 March 27th (Wed), Discrimination and Peace, ninth

What happened to the mother Eliza and her son who came across Ohio State covered with frozen ice? Actually, they made it to Ohio, by getting rescued from the river. Those who rescued them took them to the Senate Bird's house. He asked his friend in the woods to help them. He was very friendly to the slaves and had helped lots of them by now. He pointed at the gun on the wall and gave his words that he will protect them with this gun. It was Mrs.Bird that had the sanate take his action. She gave them some outfits and cheered them up nicely. This unveils what the author was aming for.

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The 80th lecture HEIWA845 March 13th (Wed), Discrimination and Peace, seventh

working slaves
Slaves, illustration

As you may be already aware, Butler is George. He is the slave who works at another farm, and is Elisa's husband meaning that he is Harry's father. George goes, "My father was white, but my mother was black, therefore I was sold, taken away from my mother. I grew up knowing no love. I cried out at night when was little, not because I was hungry nor I had this ache with the strokes of a whip... but because I had never been loved. Eliza has an angel heart. I will travel to Ohio tomorrow. If I ever be caught, I would be buried just like a dead dog." This novel became the bestseller in 19's century. At the same time, this masterpiece is the first book which was sold more than million in the history of America. It is important to know the purpose she wrote this novel.

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The 79th lecture HEIWA845 February 13th (Wed), Discrimination and Peace, sixth

working slaves
Slaves, illustration

"Reward $400 for anybody who catches the slave, Joe." saying the flyer, posted on the hallway in a hostel. An old guy goes, looking at the flyer, "It must be Goerge, who worked at my factory. He was a nice guy indeed". There comes a young guy who looked like Spanish, said his name as Butler and asked for a room. The old guy looked at him and inclined his head. The young guy approached him, saying "It's been a while. It's Butler". There goes the old guy's cry sounded in the hallway.... It was very sensational how Mrs.Stowe described slaves as dignified people and had impact in the time. The pen is mightier than the sword. Her pen sparked the Civil War. Who is Butler? What is he going to tell? Stay tuned.

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The 78th lecture HEIWA845 February 6th (Wed), Discrimination and Peace, fifth

working slaves
Slaves, illustration

Uncle Tom was sold away, leaving his wife, Chloe, behind. On another front, Shelby, who ran away by stepping on the ice, met Senate Bird in Ohio. She was asked about his husband by the senator. Her husband worked at another farm, trying to run away from his brutal owner. There posted a flyer in this one hostel, saying "Wanted, the slave on the run. There is a reward!" That goes, "He is 2m tall, fine-looking, smart, and has a mark shaped like H." The strange destiny was waiting for the slaves who run away.

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The 77th lecture HEIWA845 January 31st (Wed), Discrimination and Peace, fourth

Mother having her kid taken away
Mother having her kid taken away, illustration

Uncle Tom's Cabin written by Mrs.Stowe is called "the novel which caused the war" had a big impact on mass opinion. When Abraham Lincoln met Mrs.Stowe for the first time, he showed his respect by calling her as the little women who caused the big war. We talked about the scene where the slave merchant showed up. The beautiful slave, Elisa, accidentally heard them speak about the scheme to have her son go on sale in the market. She trembled to hear that. Looking into Harry, her son's eyes while he was asleep, and she said "I will never let you go." with her gleaming eyes. She made up her mind finally. To be continued in order to know more about slavery.

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The 76th lecture HEIWA845 January 24th (Wed), Discrimination and Peace, third

the Civil War
The Civil War

Today's topic is Uncle Tom's Cabin, which was written by Harriet Elizabeth Beecher Stowe after the Civil War, had a great impact on mass opinion abround the states. It's always true that mass opinion would make a difference on the war's fate. However, the Civil War had something to do with the slavery, the mass opinion went a little susceptible. Releasing the slavery is nothing but human freedom, and so it is a battle of justice, the Civil War. It was getting inevitable for the country to abolish the slavery as the world itself was being aware of the right and freedom. Her novel driven the mass opinion toward this wind with a liberty. We shall go deeper to the core in the slavery with these backgrounds behind.

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The 75th lecture HEIWA845 January 16th (Wed), Discrimination and Peace, Second

Abraham Lincoln
The statue of Abraham Lincoln

The Emancipation Proclamation is a very critical incident in terms of human rights and peace. The South would not work any more without the slaves' labor by 19th century. The South needed slavery in order to sustain those large cotton and tabacco fields, whereas the North was against slavery as they had a good industrialization and so they needed a variety of labors. Their conflict got worse and worse, and it turned out as that incident, the Civil War, when Abraham Lincoln, who pursed for the North's good, was elected as the president. During this war, the Emancipation Proclamation was declaired which made a difference on the battle end. However, the discrimination against black people had persisted long after the slavery was abolished, and it still remains as the big problem for the United States.

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The 74th lecture HEIWA845 January 9th (Wed), Discrimination and Peace, First

Slaves, dolls

Discrimination is a perpetual problem for human-beings. From acient time throughout the years, it has been a threat for our peace. Especially the discrimination against skin color was very serious. It was supposed to be better to have white-colored skin than any, and it was considered to be the worst to have black-colored skin. There were some incidents where black people were treated as if they were something less than human-beings back then. There was this kind of thoughts behind the history on slave trading. There still are slave tradings and markets going on out there till the present day even after the Emancipation Proclamation and other laws declaired. I need to learn this history when thinking about Peace.

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The 73rd lecture HEIWA845 December 26th (Wed), Race and Peace

President Fujimori
President Fujimori

The immigrants' son, Fujimori, graduated from the college with a first -class honors degree. He became the principle at Institue of Agriculture. He wondered why this country stayed poor and devastating even though we had a plenty of resources out there. There had been inflation going for years and it reached 17,000 deaths because of terrorism for 10 years. The politicians seemed weak. That helped him to decide to run for presidential election. He sold one of his tractors to make some money. All Fujimori's supporters are Andes people who had been oppressed. What they saw through Fujimori were diligence, honesty, and technology that Japanese had. Moreover, they were driven by the hatred against white people. However, his destiny was like a roller coaster. Let's think about what's supporting peace.

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The 72nd lecture HEIWA845 December 19th (Wed), Religion and Peace Sixth

Peruvian Flag
Peruvian Flag

As we talked about Inca Empire, let's move onto Peruvian immigrants. After the new continent was found, slave trade had been popular for a long time, but when it was coming to an end, immigrants started to arrive at Peru. Those immigrants including Japanese were deployed into designated areas and treated like slaves. They ended up running away to Lima, and still kept suffered hard times. Those hardworking Japanese people gradually suceeded and earned credit. There was a son who had such immigrant parents crossed the ocean all the way from Kumamoto. This fellow welcomed a girl to be his bride from Japan after a few years. They had baby eventually born to be the president Fujimori later on. It was dramatic how he became the president. All the supporters were descendants of Inca, and Andes glowed during the election.

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The 71st lecture HEIWA845 December 5th (Wed), Religion and Peace Fifth

Machu Picchu
Machu Picchu

Many of the natives were killed after the continent was found by Columbus, and some kingdoms as well as native cultures with the long histories were destroyed. One of them was Inca. I cried with tears on the top of Machu Picchu ruins. Caucasians do the killing and invasions under the name of the missionary. What was striking the most was new plants were brought to Europe at the same time to save a lot of hungry people. For example, potates, corns, sweet potates, tomates, and tabacco. These problems releated to the race, skin color, and religions still persist in the present time. We shall learn how important, and difficult at the same time it is to keep peace using the historical dramas.

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The 70th lecture HEIWA845 November 28th (Wed), Religion and Peace Fourth

Christopher Columbus, illustration
Christopher Columbus, illustration

Christianity was divided into two groups upon the religious reform. Catholic, as the old religion, was trying to spread it on the new continent and asia. When Columbus found that new continent, it was the beginning of the tragedy for the natives. What could the two different cultures whose stages are at the different levels bring? It could mean things that may happen when we bump into the new era with the space. He set sail because he wanted to see Zipangu, the counry of gold. The Caucasian did not see the natives as human. They did killing people under the guise of missionary. It was started when they landed on Isla San Salvador in 1492.

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The 69th lecture HEIWA845 November 21st (Wed), Religion and Peace Third

Martin Luther
Martin Luther, illustration

As Christianity was gradually and widely spread all over the world as the global religion, it got corrupted to suffer people instead. There came Martin Luther from Germany, who stood up to change it. He taught how to regain the freedom and power controlled by the church. His teaching was called Protestant, and it is called "New Religion" whereas Catholic is called Old religion. The Churches of Rome started to feel responsible about it too. It was the Society of Jesus that was famous among them. They tried to spread Catholicism on the new land. That's why Francis Xavier made it to Japan. We can never separate Peace from Religion in the end.

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The 68th lecture HEIWA845 November 14th (Wed), Religion and Peace Second

Ten Commandments
Ten Commandments

There is a religion at the base of peace, and so is a religion at the base of peace. Jesus Christ is a Jew, but he sriticized Jewish religion. Jew was descliminated as the ethnic group that put Jesus on the Cross after squeaking. Jewish ancestors built a nation on the land promised by the god. Therefore there still goes the war. They are the strange ethnic group. Jesus Christ preached the love for the neighbor and reached out his hand to those who were discriminated. Christianity had been spread over the Roman Empire and became its religion. Christianity has been popular to this date, making some mistakes from time to time. Let's think about peace by taking a piece of acient Jew and Christianily.

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The 67th lecture HEIWA845 November 7th (Wed), Religion and Peace

The statue of Jesus Christ

Religion is the crucial topic that is inseparable from humanbeing. Religion is always there with human history and so it is new and old at the same time. All the conflicts related with religion have never ceased throughout the history. Religion is also inseparable from peace. The three major religions include Christian, Buddhist, Islam. People say that we, Japanese are not that interested in religion, but we must be aware that it is not acceptable. We accept many international students from all over the world. Therefore we need to understand what religions are in order to understand them.

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The 66th lecture HEIWA845 October 31st (Wed), The origin of pollution and Mr.Shozo Tanaka, Third

Watarase River
Watarase River

Mr.Shozo Tanaka claimed that the true civilization would neither ruin mountains and rivers, and nor destroy villages, and kill people. Moreover he said that the civilization is like a robber. These words still mean a lot to us. All the diseases like Itai-itai disease, Minamata diesase, and the Fukushima accident are telling us so. It is time for us to think about what the civilization means seriously. It was 1912 when Mr.Tanaka wrote these words on his diary. Right after that, Meiji emperor passed away and the era changed to Taisho. Let us think about Shozo Tanaka and the pollution from the point of the civilization.

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The 65th lecture HEIWA845 October 24th (Wed), The origin of pollution and Mr.Shozo Tanaka, Second

Pollution, image
Pollution, image

It had a big impact on the society that Shozo Tanaka made a direct plea to the emperor. Especially those who were young and responsible were inspired. Among those ones, there were Mr. Kanzo Uchimura, Mr. Naoya Shiga, and Mr.Takuboku Ishikawa included. Kanzo Uchimura took off Ueno Station for the mine to investigate by train. There were piles of soils contaminated with mineral poison. People called it the hill of poison. Mr.Shozo Tanaka asked for the mine to terminate its operation. Its poison resulted in the dying trees around the pond, causing the frequent floods because the trees failed to keep its moisture. Those floods reached over Tochigi, Gunma, Saitama, and Tokyo.

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The 64th lecture HEIWA845 October 17th (Wed), The origin of pollution and Mr.Shozo Tanaka

Ashio mine
Outdated plant in Ashio mine

One of the things that prevents us from having a peaceful life is pollution. It turned the Jintsu River, which was called "River that God is passing", into the river of Evil, and it turned Watarase River which was rich with lives, into the death river. There are some who call Fukushima Nuclear Plant "nuclear pollution." The pollution started with itai-itai disease after the war, but there was a pollution case called "Ashio mine" before the war. Today is the first lesson in "The origin of pollution and Mr.Shozo Tanaka". Our Gunma prefecture has something to do with this Watarase River. There are still some contaminated soil left at the bottom of the river that is threating our lives even now.

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The 63rd lecture HEIWA845 October 9th (Tue), Pollution and Peace

pollution image
Pollution and disease, image

In the previous speech, I received a question about the relation between pollution and peace from an audience. A quiet lives are exactly what the peace is aiming for. In respect to that, it is very important to understand the history of pollution. Subsequently to Minamata disease, we shall talk about Itai itai disease that occurred near Jinzu River. Jinzu River, meaning that God would pass the river, turned out that the polluted river with cadmium like a demon's river. I was just like that Watarase River, that used to be a river of life, turned a river of death, due to mineral poison. A hero is needed now like Mr.Shozo Tanaka who fought for Watarase River issue. As civilization develops, there always has to be a pollution coming up. It is important to know pollution history to protect our peace.

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The 62nd lecture HEIWA845 October 3rd (Wed), Big disaster and Peace

Pollution, image

It's the time of disasters, currently, it is not only wars but also disasters that threaten our peace. Disasters includes earthquakes, tsunami, typhoon, and nuclear accidents, plus, let's include pollution this time. Pollution is defined as any harm that is caused by human's action. As the example of big typhoons, Catharin Typhoon and Isewan Typhoon are the topics. There are possibilities where these kind of typhoons frequently would occur in the future. The latest pollution that hit us was the Fukushima accident, but today we will talk about Minamata disease. Corporates that pursue the profit and the governments that never stops them is the theory throughout the time.

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The 61st lecture HEIWA845 September 26th (Wed), The warning that was blew off and Jokan big earthquake

Big tsunami
Tsunami, image

Jokan big earthquake hit the northeast shore in 869. The professor in Tohoku University studied the trace of this tsunami by the geography aspects and flagged the Great East Japan Earthquake. As he flagged, the huge tsunami hit. He studied and analyzed geological stratum carried by the tsunami to see when the tsunami occurred and how big those were. From this study, it was found out that the big tsunami have been repeated in a regular cycle. However, TEPCO and the conference both did not listen to this theory. They believed in the myth of Safety. Only if they were to listen to this and take necessary action, the accident in the nuclear plant would not have been occurred so as to say.

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The 60th lecture HEIWA845 September 18th (Tue), That big earthquake and peace, Second

Earthquake, image

This Hokkaido earthquake was totally unxpected. However it is now hard to say any disasters are to be unexpected anymore. Where would it occur next time? Is Gunma a totally safe place by now? What about Kanto Plain? Its footsteps can be heard anytime soon..... It shaked so hard that you couldn't keep standing straight 90 years ago when Kanto Big Earthquake hit. The Great East Japan Earthquake was not over yet. There is a plenty of possibilities where any big earthquake whose intensity is 7 could hit Kanto Plain according to the geography expert. We now need to get ready for a complex of typhoon and earthquakes hitting the center of Metropolis at the same time. It is a sign that earthquakes occur inland. Tokai, Tokai South, Nankai are approaching soon. There are 2 nuclear plants along.

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The 59th lecture HEIWA845 September 12th (Wed), That big earthquake and peace, First

Earthquake, image

There was a big earthquake that hit Hokkaido. Its intensity was 7, which is the same as the earthquake that hit the western parts of Japan. If this earthquake were to occur deep in the ocean bottom, there could have been a tsunami and it might have ended up juat like Fukushima. This earthquake revealed that so much of our lifelines depends on the electricity. Many of the medical institutes stopped working due to this long blackout. It was found out that even small clinics must have equipped with emergency power-generating unit in order to save lives. Peace will be built and kept when you have your own equippment and supplies ready for any emergency case.

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The 58th lecture HEIWA845 September 5th (Wed), Nuclear and nuclear plant, Second

explosion image
Blast, image

You may remember Chernobyl and Three Mile Island when you hear the words, nuclear accident. Phase 7 is the worst number as to indicate how bad the accident is. Chernobyl was defined as phase 7, and at the same time Fukushima was defined as phase 7. Startling facts were revealed under the investigation conducted by the board. We need to check it on the side of countermeasure, and the actual countermeasure that was mislead, both. At the same time, we must have knowledge about how the nuclear explosion goes and its consequence, radiation. There still is a possibility where the accident happens. It is very important to learn about the accident if you want to protect our lives.

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The 57th lecture HEIWA845 August 29nd (Wed), Nuclear and nuclear plant, First

Nuclear and its accident
Nuclear and its accident

August is soon ending. That nuclear that was used 73 years ago was lead to the current nuclear plant, even though it was called as a tool to make peace. Making vapor with that tremendous heat to turn the generator work to make electric....this is the basis of the nuclear generation. Therefore once anything goes wrong, nothing could stop terrible radiation generated. It's been 7 years since the accident and it's not yet been winding out. Both of the reports submitted by the congress and other non-governmental institutions cocluded the same, which was this was a calamity caused by human error. Do we still want to keep the nuclear plants work and go on their function? The issue now we are facing is extremely critical.

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The 56th lecture HEIWA845 August 22nd (Wed), Thoughts about nuclear, Fourth

Japanese Flag
It's been 73 years since the war ended

Remember the last word to close the war, made by Showa Emperor. It's been 73 years since then, and this time, Heisei Emperor gave us the word. It is obvious that one era is closing soon. Remembering the history that they "underwent", Heisei emperor said that we must not make it happen again after these peaceful years since the war. Those words may have included thoughtful feelings for Hiroshima and Nagasaki. There must be a quiet passion in his heart, who had suffered from the hard time ever.

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The 55th lecture HEIWA845 August 15th (Wed), Thoughts about nuclear, Third

Peace Statue

Heiwa festival was held in Nagasaki after Hiroshima. In both festivals, both of the mayers asked for the world without nuclear. It was bombed at 11:02 on August 9th. There's no word to describe how awful it was just like Hiroshima. Secretary General of the United Nations, Guterres attended Heiwa festival at Nagasaki. He paid attention to the human's chain which means high school students circling where the bomb hit. He claimed that this place should be the last place where the atomic bomb was hit to suffer people. And the high school students decided to eliminate nuclear from this world. Youngsters out there today who have no interest in politics and society need to learn from those students in Nagasaki.

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The 54th lecture HEIWA845 August 8th (Wed), Thoughts about nuclear, Second

Genbaku Dome

It is extraordinary hot this summer, but it was hotter 73 years ago, like a hell with extreme heat. It was then when atomic bomb(genbaku) was hit and the bomb night at Maebashi. The nuclear power was spread in a second all over the world. There's no rule about the war, so if you get nuclear, you want to use it anytime. We are in the danger. We need to play a big role as the only nation that has been through the nuclear disaster. It is very important to face the reality and the fear with the nuclear power. It is inevitable to remember North Korea upon talking about nuclear. Soon There are messages sending from Hiroshima and Nagasaki to the world. This summer is going to be spcial to me.

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The 53rd lecture HEIWA845 August 1st (Wed), Thoughts about nuclear, First

Albert Einstein
Albert Einstein

Currently, it's the nuclear that is one of the biggest problems of all in the world upon talking about the peace. The movement of non-nuclear is being demanded when talking about North Korea, and some are claiming for Japan to have nuclear to defense, Therefore we need to learn about nuclear as we keep seeking peace. Nuclear was made during the world war II. The physicist, Mr.Albert Einstein was involved in it. The nuclear experiment was sccessfully done for the first time on July 16th, Showa. It was brought to Tinian Island and on the next day, those were bombed on Hiromashima and Nagasaki. It's now time to think about peace as August has come.

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The 52nd lecture HEIWA845 July 25th (Wed), Kazu Matsui and China, Final round

Black dial phone that were seen in Showa.
Black dial phone in Showa

Ms.Kaz Matsui arrived at Agatsummachi. Her sister's home, Yamada Clothing store, was located in front of the station. In the morning, people got together from all over the town. Among them, there were old friends and classmates. They said that she looked very young, as if she has never gone through a hard time. And at the same time, they saw her five children. One of them said that it was a good thing that wee lost in the war. Her daughter got married in China. They came to Japan, after everything got settled down. On Showa 64, a big incident occurred which was the emperor passed away. All the people went through the hardest time. You could see them sitting on knees in front of the Imperial Palace. There were a few people who did suicide to follow him. The public gamble such as horse racing were all cancelled. The time had moved on to Heisei.

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The 51st lecture HEIWA845 July 18th (Wed), Kazu Matsui goes back to Japan

Urashima Taro
Urashima Taro

On Showa 47, Prime Miniser Tanaka visited Beijing to make the relationship between China and Japan better. Kazu said that the people changed and turned very nice since then. It was delightful and stunning for her to see Japan for the first time in 30 years. Many people came to the airport to welcome her. The night at Tokyo was so nice and busy that she couldn't believe that it was Japan. She was impressed the next morning with her hometown dedlighted with the sunshine. Her homegirls all said that she was like a Taro Urashima. Kazu made a decision to bring her family back in China to Japan. It's been 46 years since the diplomatic relationship recovered.

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The 50th lecture HEIWA845 July 11th (Wed), The tragedy of the Manchuria emigrants, Third

Mao Zedong in Tiananmen Square

Peace and War are two unseparatable things. You can see it throughout the history. Ms.Kaz Matsui ran away from Manchuria and ended up getting married to a Chinese guy and had 5 children.
Soon after that, she got involved into the historical incident, the Chinese Revalution. It was a hard time for Japanese people. She missed her home, Japan, so bad. A few years later, China started to recover the relationship with Japan, which meant letters could be reached Japan. And so she received a letter from her father. That country she dreamed of so bad...... Would she have made it to Japan to meet her family again?

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The 49th lecture HEIWA845 July 4th (Wed), The tragedy of the Manchuria emigrants, Second

Manchuria map

While Japan was gearing up to build up peace, those who were left in the continent were getting involved with another war. These are the ones who needed to be happy immediately in order to complete Japan's peaceful world. Our goal here is to know Manchu's disaster through Kaz Matsui. She got married with a Chinese guy who worked at the coalpit to get out of the disaster. Soon after that, Japan had its diplomatic relationship got better with China. She was surprised to see how much the country had changed when she came back.

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The 48th lecture HEIWA845 June 27th (Wed), The tragedy of the Manchuria emigrants, First

Heiwa globe image

It was how to let Japanese emigrants come back that was Japan's biggest problem after the war. Especially the ones in Manchuria went through the hardest time, and many of them did not make it to the home land. Some of the women there had no choice but being victim of the time.
Additionally, those who were left in Siberia reached up to 60 millions and 6 million of them were dead because of the cold and starvation. The disaster even continued after the war.

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The 47th lecture HEIWA845 June 20th (Wed), Our goal is HEIWA, Second

Lotus representing Peace

Japanese constitution was the beggest hope for all the citizens recovering from the devastation after the war. The sovereign rights were now citizen's. They received the freedom and power that would deserve the sovereign. Their basic human rights were now guaranteed. It was now promised that free speech, free thoughts, free education, and free religion would soon come true. On Showa 22, May 3rd, the new constitution was executed. I entered a junior school on this year, and found out that the textbooks were all renewed based on the democracy at the same time. The first line in the textbook went like "All the good kids with flowers in their heads." as far as I remember. Heiwa is something we gain with sweat and labor.

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The 46th lecture HEIWA845 June 13th (Wed), Our goal is HEIWA, FIRST

The parliament house

Showa 20th was the biggest turning point since Japanese history began. It was when we started to build HEIWA from the new concept of values. On the next year, Showa 21 January 1st, the emperor made a human being declaration. Let us ponder what this declaration meant. When speaking about HEIWA, what matters the most is the Constitution of Japan. It may sound difficult, but it's worth trying. Wen need to learn something from those Japanese people at that time recovering from the damages they went through. The supplies were very scarce, but there were hopes in their hearts. You could hear "Apple's song" all over the place as if it was upraising them.

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The 45th lecture HEIWA845 June 6th (Wed), Sir Kantaro Suzuki, Fourth, Potsdam Declaration and the certificate to end the war.

The statue of Churchill
The statue of Churchill located in London

1. Any and all the obstacles must be eliminated in order to achieve democracy for Japanese citizens.
The followings must be promised: freedom of speech, religion, and opinions. It is now declared that we surrender without any condition. Any circumstances other than that must be destroyed promptly. These points are written on Potsdam Declaration.

2. "Bear off what's hard to bear off, to make the world peace and open" was the true intent of the emperor. Sir Suzuki told that the emperor cried with tears when he decided to end the war.

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The 44th lecture HEIWA845 May 30th (Wed), Sir Kantaro Suzuki, Third

images,lost in the war
loss in the war, illustration

That August in Showa 20 was to decide the outcome of WWII. When it was seen objectively, it was obvious that Japan was losing soon, however, there were still some soldiers capable of fighting left and so some people were taking it serious that the battle would take place on the main island.

People would all get confused just like SENGOKU (war) period hundreds ago in the history. The official meetings were held many times. The debates and discussion went on forever. At this timing, Sir Suzuki conducted what he planned in his mind for a long time.

Today's peaceful world has made up of those sacrifices. Heiwa is not something just coming out of nowhere.

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The 43rd lecture HEIWA845 May 23rd (Wed), Sir Kantaro Suzuki, Second

GOZEN meeting from Wikipedia

Sir Kaztaro Suzuki became Prime Minister as the age of 78. I would like to tell you how he felt, what was on his mind, how he saw the war itself, and what he was going to do in his last moment. He was the true soldier who know how precious the peace was. And that's why he took his time contemplating the strategy how to save the country. His biggest stage was the meeting called GOZEN meeting. It was related with the relationship with the emperor, the constitution, and the Potsdam Declaration. We need to learn that soldiers' mission was to protect civic lives, meaning that it is to protect our peace in lives.

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The 42nd lecture HEIWA845 May 16th (Wed), Sir Kantaro Suzuki, First

Kantaro Suzuki
Sir Kantaro Suzuki from Wikipedia

Sir Kantaro Suzuki was called the premier who saved the country. Let's go through his trajectory. He was graduated from Momoi grade school and Gunma junior high (current Maebashi high school) and then entered the naval academy. He was shooted by a mob in the 2.26 incident. It was his decision made at the end of World War II, which saved Japan. He was a military man, who asked for peace more than anybody. He was sworn in as Prime Minister at the age of 78. It was his time when all the incidents such as A-bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the Potsdam Declaration, and the announcement of our defeat by the emperor. Also, we should know more about his relationship with Motohiko Katori.

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The 41st lecture HEIWA845 May 9th (Wed), The battle in Saipan, First

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An old worn-out tank left in Saipan

Saipan is located 2,250 km away from Tokyo. They all believed that we would lose if Saipan would fall. It was Saipan that would decide our fate. America had already got B-29, which was the fortress in the sky, ready to go. It could fly continuously for 5,600 km. It flew 10,000m up with the speed of 600 km per hour, with 4 tons of bomb loaded. They wanted to take over Saipan to make an attack over the main island using B-29. That's why Iwo Island was needed for them as a place to supply. On the other hand, we positioned Saipan as the center of the national defense area. They were approaching day by day, taking over Saipan, Tinian Island, by one. There were a lot of native residents on the island, whose lives we would easily imagined were desturbed in a short period of time.

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The 40th lecture HEIWA845 May 2nd (Wed), The battle in Iwo island, Second


Lieutenant general Kuribayashi dug a basement under the ground and had all the soliders go there to fight. All those trenches were connected under the ground so people would come and go. It worked well to took US soldiers by sneak attack. At the same time, it was such a labor to dig up the tunnels, and there went ground heat reaching up to 60 degree and sulfur gas to make them suffer. It took them a whole day to dig up only 1 meter on the hardest part on the ground. All they wore were only one fundoshi, and they had to take turns in 5 to 10 minutes to proceed. They enjoyed the squall that occasionally passed. Somebody wrote a poem that goes "Squall is the tear of the life, they have no idea how much we rea desparate waiting for the rain." We must keep it our mind, those who went through the hardest time of all the history.

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The 39th lecture HEIWA845 April 25th (Wed), The battle in Iwo island, First

Its location in relation to the main island

US military was guradually encroaching. Iwo island (Iwo jima) is located 1,500 kilometers away from Tokyo. Its size is as small as Yamanote line. They thought a week was enough to take over the island. Sir lieutenant Kuribayashi's plan went well to prevent them from succeeding it. His plan was a guerrilla under the ground. What was that guerrilla battle was like? Moreover, what was he like, lieutanant Kuribayashi? This island was the key place as they could attack any cities on the main island if they occupy there. Lieutanant Kuribayashi was famous as he made US military suffer the most. There was no river or any springwater on this island. Nothing was more precious than a drop of water here. There was a mass opinion rising in the states which was "Don't let any more young soldiers of us die in the war." What was the next step that they chose then?

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The 38th lecture HEIWA845 April 18th (Wed), The battle in Papua New Guinea, Third

Yamamoto Bunker
Deep in the ocean in Papua New Guinea

This is the final episode of the battle of Papua New Guinea. Let me explain what the peace means truely and what our sacrifices were for using the pictures I took when I visited there in 2001. History repeats itself. It's time for us to make use of this experience, having lots of sacrifices, to a more peaceful world. We will talk about Crossing over Salawaket which left lots of dead, which as well as the school where I delivered stationery. Those southern islands are now exposed to risk. In that point, we, as Japanese, serve them with competence.

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The 37th lecture HEIWA845 April 4th (Wed), The battle in Papua New Guinea, Second

Yamamoto Bunker
Yamamoto Bunker

Rabaul was very important for both Japan and America. Therefore Japanese army did their utmost to defend it. Marshal Isoroku Yamamoto, who left here to visit the battlefront, was shooted down by the hostile. It was because the secret code was cracked. That news made them happy as the big outcome during the WWII. I will talk about the triangle including Isoroku Yamamoto, Shigeyoshi Inoue, Mitsumasa Yonai, who were against the war as well as three-party alliance. Let's think about why we could not avoid the war upon the disaster on there.

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The 36th lecture HEIWA845 March 28th (Wed), The battle in Papua New Guinea, First

Tanks that used to belong to Japanese army

I visited Papua New Guinea as a commemorative pilgrimage in 2001. The beautiful ocean and the jungle used to be the battle field. Papua New Guinea refused to align with America and Australia, and became the last fort for Japan. There were wreckage of Zero's in Rabaul, and the Dampier Straits that swallowed soldeirs were there, combering. I left there on October 21st. It was right after September 11 attacks struck at New York, the United States of America. History repeats itself. To prevent it from repeating, it is now very important to look back at the battle field.

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The 35th lecture HEIWA 845 March 21st (Wed), The battle in Okinawa Third

a girl with a white flag
A girl with a white flag

We will talk about the white girl's afterward, the tragedy of the Tsushima, Senkan Yamato, the Kamikaze attack. These are fragments of the Okinawa Battle, and we need to find out what those fragments are telling us at the present time. These fragments are there to compose of what we call "Peace". Now we are forgetting this facts and the tragic history is going to be repeated now. We must hurry to stop people from forgetting in order not to waste their sacrifice. We are now hearing the war's approaching footsteps so now is the time to stand up. A blurry vainness is slowly prevailing our heart and soul.

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The 34th lecture HEIWA 845 March 14th (Wed), The battle in Okinawa Second

The Peace Memorial Park located in the Mabuni Hill area of Itoman city

The battle of Okinawa tells us how disastrous it was to drag citizens into the war. It helps us to imagine what would have happened if the war invated into the main land. Those who were brainwashed that being a captive was a shame and the hostile was savage, decided to end their lives on their own. On April 1st in 1945 (Showa 20th), the hostile steppend on Okinawa, then on June 18th the Himeyuri corps killed themselves, on June 23rd, all soldiers of our own were destroyed.

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The 33rd lecture HEIWA 845 March 7th (Wed), The battle in Okinawa First, The Himeyuri Corps

The Himeyuri Cenotaph located in Itoman, Okinawa.

These girls were called out for nursing care, and died in the war. I cried to see high school students crying over the girls in the Himeyuri Peace Museum. The Himeyuri Student Corps represents how tragic it was, the only war in WWII embroiling citizen. Those young girls were dying crying out "I don't want to die yet". We should not conclude this with this is how the war goes. I would like to approach the Heimeyuri Corps' last in order to see the picture of Okinawa Battle. Okibawa was the final fort before the war in the main land, and so was ended up sacrifice. It is necessary to know more about the battle of Okinawa to learn what WWII was about.

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The 32nd lecture HEIWA 845 Feb 28th (Wed), modern Olympics, 6th, Paralympics

Marathon in Wheelchair

Paralympics is the word combining "parallel" with "Olympics". It means "Another Olympic game" and is held for disabled people. It is impressive to see them performing lively by overcoming any difficulty. Paralympics is telling us that there will be more chance for us to make this world a better place.

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The 31st lecture HEIWA 845 Feb 21st (Wed), modern Olympics, 5th, Beijing Olympic in 2008

Tiananmen Square in Beijing

Its opening ceremomny was started at 8 o'clock on August 8th, 2008. The record number of 204 countries had joined. Our leader with the flag was Ai Fukuhara. The venue was called "Birds' Nest" whose cacpacity is a hundred thousand. The official motto for this Olympics was "One World, One Dream". Its goal was to build a modern worldwide city, to show their dignity to the world. In order to achieve the goal, Beijing needed to unit the country and stable society. Let's review what seemed to be lost, and what had gained. China had become one by overcoming conflicts between ethnic group, growth and gaps, and a single-party domination by communist. Beijing Olympic let the world know how China had greatly changed.

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The 30th lecture HEIWA 845 Feb 14th (Wed), modern Olympics, Fourth, Tokyo Olympic in 1964

Olympics, track and field

Tokyo Olympic was held in Showa 39, which was 1964. Its outsome was great enough to prove that Japan had already recovered from serious war damages. It was also at that time when color TV and Shinkansen came out. Japan has become one by Tokyo Olympic. However, a voice was heard, saying that we need to pay more attention to human sensation than materials.

We, Japanese, were very impressed with Japanese volleyball team called "Eastern witches", Mr.Tsuburaya who won Bronze medal at marathon, and Geesink who beaten Team Japan at Judo.

Olympic is now facing its turning point. Another Tokyo Olympic game is coming soon in 2 years. What are the lessons learned in the previous Tokyo Olympic? "Gorin Ondo" is playing endlessly in my head.

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The 29th lecture HEIWA 845 Feb 7th (Wed), modern Olympics, Third

Muhammad Ali who won the light heavyweight Olympic gold medal

What impress you the most during the festival of Peace, which is Olympics, is all the players that are trying to see the limits.

However, there are differences in race, skin color, religion, and culture in the background, and it is meaningful to support peace by overcoming them, to become one.

From that point of view, let's talk about Muhammad Ali, Abebe, Ben Johnson, Jesse Owens, and Cathy Freeman as well as its history and the truth about discrimination. These topics are very important for us to establish a peaceful environment.

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The 28th lecture HEIWA 845 Jan 31st (Wed), modern Olympics, Second

Olympic, Barcelona '92

Olympic is supposed to be the festival of Peace. It is suppored with friendship, bond, and fair play. Today we have two examples for you.

One is the incident that took place in Olympic Barcelona. Ms.Derartu Tulu from Ethiopia, who won the women's marathon 1000m, waited for Elana Meyer and finished the winning run, hand in hand with her. Elana is from South Africa.

The other example is the case about Vanderlei Cordeiro de Lima in Olympic Athens. He was leading the marathon, until he was attacked by a guy who pushed him out of the course that caused him 15 delay im time. In the end, he won the bronze medal.

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The 27th lecture HEIWA 845 Jan 24th (Wed), modern Olympics, First

modern Olympics

Modern Olympic has been started in Athens, proposed by Mr.Coubertin. At that time, what he aimed for was the friendship and World Peace through sports, however, it is turning out that there has been a lot of problems arising such as politic conflicts and only win or lose game. Let's find out all kinds of problem we are facing by studying carefully about Olympic. Now is the perfect time to look at its history when a lot of people are confused and there are little voices of crisis hearing all over the world.

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The 26th lecture HEIWA 845 Jan 17th (Wed), Ms.Tomi Kora, the first female Japanese politician, who visited The camp in Siberia.

Tomi Kora
Tomi Kora (1878年―1953年)

Tomi Kora is known as the first upper house member right after WWII, also known as the first female politician who visited to see the camp in Siberia, having taken a risk in breaking the law. What she faced there was the "artificial" environment.

All the Japanese there cried out by looking at the luggage with Rising Sun flag, Hinomaru. Her grand father was Mr.Tajima Yahei who was called "Saint of Gunma" and her mother was a graduate of Meabashi girl's high school.

The people she met at the camp were war criminals, therefore they were not allowed to send letters. But Tomi did her best to change it and they have gotten allowed to do that. They were astonished to see how much their home country were changing through magazines. It was 1956, the year of restoring relations, when they were allowed to go home. It was 1952 when Tomi landed on Siberia.

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The 25th lecture HEIWA 845 January 10th (Wed), Siberian forced internment, Third - Thank you letter for Marshal Stalin

Marshal Statlin
Marshal Stalin (1878年―1953年)

I got a copy of "Thank you letter for Marshal Stalin" at National paleography museum at Khabarovsk. We had to go through a time-consuming process to get a permission. Its contents unveiled how much they flattered Stalin. It said that Stalin was the best genius ever, and the best alpha that led all the labor. Moreover, it was describing us, Japanese, as Slave labor under the Capitalist, and it was critisizing Japanese Capitalist class as thievish Imperialist and flagitious Eastern redcap. This is exactly typical masochistic description of someone. Japanese labors waited in a long line and rushed forward to sign on this letter. We need to reflect how they were feeling back then, one more time.

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The 24th lecture HEIWA 845 December 20th Wednesday, Siberian forced internment, Second

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Women waiting for the ship that was packed with returners from Siberia, at Maiduru.

They felt tremendously nostalgic, claving for their hometown. They sang a song called "Mount in a foreign country" which resonanting over Siberia. It was believed that those turned into communists would be allowed to go back home. In that severe situation, they had no choice but betraying each other under the name of "democracy".

Not so long after that, that day when they would be freed was nearing.

They could not believe it until the land of Siberia was out of sight finally.

There was no words to describe how happy they felt when the land of Japan showed up in front of them.

There were old mothers who waited for their son for too long, others were wives who waited for their husbands. Maiduru port was full of people with joy and tears. Those who made it to the land of home luckily, had never forget those who passed away because of cold and scarce food.

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The 23rd lecture HEIWA 845 December 13th Wednesday, Siberian forced internment, First

One of exhibition copying the room in Siberia back in 1940's, in Memorial Museum for Soldiers, Detainees in Siberia, and Postwar Repatriates

At the year of the end of the war, about 600,000 Japanese were interned in Siberia, and 60,000 people of them had died because of hunger, severe weather, and harsh labor.Most of the rest of them who survived it have already passed away by now. You never learn how precious it is to live in peace without having despaired in missing home.

They began forcing Japanese to move to Siberia in the fall of 1945, and it was the end of 1956 when the last man has stepped on the land of the home.

I received a letter called "Thank you letter for Stalin", in which I was the first Japanese to receive, describing how sad Japanese people were feeling back then.

To continue this story, let's talk about the first female member of Congress who visited the camp, whose name was Tomi Kora next week.

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The 22nd lecture HEIWA 845 December 6th Wednesday, HIROSHIMA, Second

Harry S. Truman, President of the United States
In office:from April 12th,1945 till January 20th,1953

The one hit on Hiroshima was called "Little Boy", and the other in Nagasaki was "Fat Man". It was Kyoto which was targetted to the end, but the target was narrowed down to Hiroshima, Kokura, Nagasaki, Niigata at the end of July. They wanted to carry out before the Soviet Union would join.

In the meantime, President Roosevelt passed away in April.

  • What are the Big 3 Nuclear-free principles?
  • Nuclear-free declaration by local authorities
  • Japan covers the three-fourths of its local authorities. The first city that declared it was Manchester.

The nuclear-capable nations are:1.United Stattes of America, 2.Russia, 3.China, 4.France, 5.England, 6.Israel, 7.India, 8.Pakistan. ..... North Korea.

  • Russell-Einstein Manifesto

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The 21st lecture HEIWA 845 Novevmber 29th Wednesday, HIROSHIMA, First

HIROSHIMA(in 1945)

Currently, the biggest threat to humanbeing is "nuclear". Japan is the first nuclear-bombed country throughout the human history. That's why it is necessary for us, Japanese, to have knowledge of "nuclear", not only as a Japanese citizen but also as a world member of Planet.

Why was the atomic bomb created?

What is the principle of the atomic bomb?

Why was it Japan that the bomb struck?

Nuclear is being spread over the world. You can not have your own opinion without correct knowledge and information. First, let's begin with the fact that it was bombed on HIROSHIMA in August 6th, 1945. Now, "nuclear" is becoming a new problem in the world.

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The 20th lecture HEIWA 845 Novevmber 22nd Wednesday, Chiune Sugihara, Second

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Lithuanian stamp with Chiune, issued in 2004

The end of the war also struck him and he was captured by Soviet, being sent back to Japan through the trans-Siberian Railway. Evantually, he left the embassy.

Many years later, he heard from Israeli embassy. It was Nishri that was waiting for him. Chiune's visa saved Nishri's life, and he searched for Chiune for years. He was holding that visa in his hand. Chiune received the prize called Righteous among the Nations presented by Israel.

Chiune passed away the next year at the age of 86. He carried out respect for human rights through his entire life and devoted his lifetime to World Peace.

Sugihara Chiune, the movie
Lithuania's location

The 19th lecture HEIWA 845 Novevmber 15th Wednesday, Chiune Sugihara, First

Chiune Sugihara(January 1st,1900―July 31st,1986)
Japanese diplomat

Sugihara is the one who helped thousands of Jews flee Europe by issuing transit visas during World War II. It was the time when Hitler was trying to kill Jews, and those who were escaping that situation desperately asked for visas.

Japan had Tripartite Pact with Germany and Italy, therefore it was hard for Japan to issue visas which might result in opposite action against Germany.

Sugihara took it on himself to issue without the goverment's permission.

What urged him to do so is humanism, and Bushido, which means Samurai spirit. Those are now what we, Japanese, are missing and to need to gain one more time.

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The 16th lecture HEIWA 845 October 25th Wednesday, Martin Luther King Jr. Second

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Martin Luther King Jr. taken in 1963

Today's pick-up points

  1. Atlanta used to be famous as the town of "Gone with the wind", but now it is called "Town of Disobedience" , or "Martin Luther King's town".
  2. How John F. Kennedy helped King, about the anti-black group called KKK in that time, and the incident where Rosas Parks was arrested in the bus.
  3. Nonviolent civil disobedience won in Supreme court proving that King was right.
  4. The famous line, "I have a dream", made buring the presentation by King
  5. About Nobel Peace Prize
  6. About Assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.

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The 15th lecture HEIWA 845 October 18th Wednesday, Martin Luther King Jr. First

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Martin Luther King Jr.
(January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968)
American Baptist minister and an activist

Even after the slavery was demolished, they still continued to discriminate against black people. Black people must be treated equal under any circumstances. They would all know that reasonably, but the ideal world would not come true without any actual steps. Martin Luther King Jr. is the one who fought for the black human's rights. He was impressed most by the book about Mahatma Gandhi, which described his nonviolent civil disobedience. He became to believe that what went well in India would go well in the states as well. Over time, he became the leader who asked for the justice for blacks.

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The 14th lecture HEIWA 845 October 11th Wednesday, Mahatma Gandhi, Second

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Portraits on Indian bills called Rupee are all Gandhi's

"Mahatma" means Great Spirit. He lead India an independent nation by employing non-violence and disobedience. Among great political leaders who followed him, Albert Einstein, Martin Luther King Junior, and Dalai Lama are found. Especially Albert Einstein was greatly influenced by him, moreover, Osamu Tezuka was inspired by Gandhi fighting against England, to write Astroboy. He wrote the letter called "To all Japanese people", to critisize Japanese militarism. He was assassinated at the age 78.

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The 13th lecture HEIWA 845 October 4th Wednesday, Mahatma Gandhi, First

Mahatma Gandhi, spinning the wheel to yarn
(2 October 1869 – 30 January 1948)

Gandhi is unofficially called the Father of the Nation, and he was born On October 2nd, 1869. His birthday, 2 October, is commemorated in India as Gandhi Jayanti, a national holiday, and worldwide as the International Day of Nonviolence.

India used to be England's colony at that time. Gandhi was the leader of teh Indian independence movement, employing nonviolent civil disobedience.

He boycotted British goods including any British clothing, and wore only cottony cloth weaved with Traditional Indian facture.

His disobedience, including Salt March against the tax on salt, got lots of attentions from all over the world.

All he had on the last day of his life, were one handy toilet, a goat, a walking stick, a spinning wheel.

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The 12th lecture HEIWA 845 September 27th Wednesday, Jean Henri Dunant, Second

Thomas Jouannet as Jean Henri Dunant, from the movie, Red On The Cross(2006)

Summary about Red Cross, established by Dunant

  • The World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day is set on 8th May, celebrating his birthday.
  • Hakuaisha, which was established in 1877 during Satsuma Rebellion (so called Seinan War), is the predecessor of Japan Red Cross.
  • Geneva Convention was signed by Japanese government in 1886. Hakuaisha became Japan Red Cross next year after that.
  • Japan Red Cross sent their people to the devastated area when Mt.Bandaisan erupted in 1888, for the first time for a natural disaster, other than wars and conflicts.
  • It was Sino-Japanese War that Japan Red Cross sent their human resources outside the country for the first time, for the international matters and conflicts.

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The 11th lecture HEIWA 845 September 20th Wednesday, Jean Henri Dunant, First

Jean Henri Dunant
(8 May 1828 – 30 October 1910)
Swiss businessman and the founder of the Red Cross

Dunan was born as the eldest son of the old family well-known in Switzerland. He dropped out of a private preppy school due to his poor academic results. After that, he achieved in YMCA(Young Men's Christian Association), and later on he proposed to make YMCA a global organization. After a while, it came true as World Alliance of YMCAs established in Paris.

His words, "Tutti fratelli" (All are brothers), is now well known over the world.

In 1901, Dunant was awarded the first-ever Nobel Peace Prize, and its prize was all donated to the Red Cross.

His birthday, 8 May, is celebrated as the World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day. And so now he is called Father of the Red Cross. Its activity guradually had expanded from relief of captives, to support of victims after disasters.

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The 10th lecture HEIWA 845 September 13th Wednesday, Nightingale, Second

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During the Crimean War, Florence Nightingale Nursing at the Hospital

Nightingale who was called "Angel in white" or "Angel with a lamp", was also known as Angel of Peace. Injured soldiers leared how foolish the war could be and how precious the world with peace was through her presence. And what she was trying to achieve was broadly known throughout the world. It became the basis for National Red Cross to be founded later.

Her policy, which are:

  1. We take care of the sick regardless of friend or foe.
  2. Nurses must be protected under any circumstances.
  3. Our flag has a red cross on white color to show that it's a hospital.

These form the base of the Geneva Convention now.

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The 9th lecture HEIWA 845 September 6th Wednesday, Nightingale, First

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Florence Nightingale(Died age 90)
The founder of modern nursing
Born in May 12th, 1820(Edo period in Japan)
  • She died age 90, in 1910 which was Meiji 43, the year of Korean annexation.
  • She devoted herself to taking care of injured soldiers in the Crimean war.
  • May 12th, which is her birthday was established as International Nurses Day,IND.
  • The Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery is located at King's College in London. This is the first unreligious nursing school in the history.
  • Back in those days, nurses were considered as servants who were to take care of patients in hospitals and it was considered a profession without the need for expertise.
  • One of her well-known lines are "Angels are those who fight for the sick."

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The 8th lecture HEIWA 845 August 30th Wednesday, Mother Teresa, Second

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Mother Teresa (Died Age 87)

Here's Mother Teresa's speech given at the lecture presented in Japan.

"I see a great poverty in spirits in this country. What we call a serious poverty for humanbeings is that you think there's no one who need you and you seem abandoned by the society."

She gave her hand to comfort solitary people who were dying at NIRMAL RIDAY(The Home for the Sick and Dying Destitue).

She built SHANTI NAGAR (Village of the peace) to save and comfort leprosy patients.

Also, she collected donations for orphans and built SHISHU BHAWAN(The home for the orphans) to welcome and have them to live.

India, Calcutta, everyday life on the street

street in Kolkata
street in Kolkata
street in Kolkata
street in Kolkata

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The 7th lecture HEIWA 845 August 23rd Wednesday, Mother Teresa, First

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Mother Teresa(Died age 86)
Catholic nun
The founder of the Missionaries of Charity


  1. NIRMAL RIDAY(The Home for the Sick and Dying Destitue), SHISHU BHAWAN(The home for the orphans), SHANTI NAGAR(Village of the peace)
  2. "The hungry, the naked, the homeless, the crippled, the blind, the lepers, all those people who feel unwanted, unloved, uncared for throughout society, people that have become a burden to the society and are shunned by everyone"
  3. She took care of anybody who needed help regardless of their physical condition or religion. She was a fervent Catholics.When she received the Nobel Peace Prize along with the award, $192,000, she decided to give it away to the poor in Calcutta.
  4. You will see the sign that emphasizes "DYING" at the NIRMAL RIDAY(The Home for the Sick and Dying Destitue).

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The 6th lecture HEIWA 845 August 16th Wednesday, Wangari Maathai, Second

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Wangari Muta Maathai(Died age 71)
Kenyan environmental
political activist
Kenya Location

1. Green Belt Movement

2. There was a big threat as desertification, was spreading over Kenya.

3. She planted more than 30 million trees with Kenyan females.

Which resulted in women having more choices in making money by selling the fruits from the plants.

4. Significance of grassroots movement

You don't have to do a big thing such as a national project to change the world. All you have to do is to take care of your own thing one at a time, and it will grow a movement to influence around you.

5. Greens absorb CO2.

6. Meaningless consumption would harm the enviroment.

If you deal with your stuff with care, the world will be peaceful eventually.

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The 5th lecture HEIWA 845 August 9th Wednesday

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Wangari Muta Maathai(1940―2011)
Kenyan environmental political activist

When you think about World Peace, it is essetial to consider Ethnicity, Women rights, and environments at the same time.

Wangari Maathai was born and raised in Republic of Kenya. She became the first African female Nobel laureate for "her contribution to sustainable development, democracy and peace". She was very impressed with the word, "MOTTAINAI", on her first visit to Japan, and that word was repeated by her with all the attendants in the Women's Committee in the United Nations, to start MOTTAINAI campaign. Soon after that, she was named a United Nations Messenger of Peace.

One of her works is "The Green Belt Movement:Sharing the Approach and the Experience" and its Japanese version is available as "モッタイナイで地球は緑になる".

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The 4th lecture HEIWA 845 August 4th Wednesday

Nelson Mandera
Nelson Mandela (1918-2013), former Prsident of South African Republic
South Africa location

South Africa was a country of intense racial discrimination. This discrimination is called apartheid.

Mandela was strongly against this practice, and had been imprisoned for 27 years. He spent his time studying in prison and got a bachelor's degree in law there.

After the release, Nobel Peace Prize was given to him due to his contribution for the crusade against apartheid.

The apartheid was gradually and peacefully ended and he founded a new democracy in South Africa.He was elected as the first President by the first election that all of the citizen participated regardless of race. He devoted hihmself in understanding and cooperation in ethnic and race.

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The third lecture HEIWA 845 July 26th Wednesday

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Malala Yousafzai (age 20), Pakistani activist for female education

World Peace is sustained by certain people who are making efforts at risk to their lives.

As we take peace for granted just like air, it's time for us to learn from those people.

In this series we will cover Malala Yousafzai, Wangari Muta Maathai, Nelson Mandela etc, who got the Nobel Peace Prize.

Today I will talk about a Muslim girl, Malala. We shall learn the preciousness of peace, how to keep peace, from the way she lives her life.

You can listen to the whole lecture on YouTube

The second lecture HEIWA 845 July 19th Wednesday

United Nations Headquarter located in New York United Nations Headquarter located in New York

What triggers a war? Looking back over the history, it was a mistaken nationalism that considered domestic interests first, without looking at other countries. As it seems impossible that the world is becoming one ideal country for the moment, each country must discuss to create rules to follow.

It was League of Nations that was created from the reflection of World War I.

Evantually League of Nations ended up in failure and United Nations has been formed after World War II instead and hitherto existing up until now.

Its main purpose in their activity is to keep the world in peace.

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Today's morning lecture

The first lecture HEIWA 845 July 12th Wednesday

Folded paper crane

HEIWA, meaning peace in Japanese, represents a peaceful world without wars. Human history has been made of wars ever since its origin. Even at the present time, there are wars out there throughout the world and what is most needed is peace in such time.Our current country has re-started from the defeat in World War II 70 years ago and our Japanese Constitution, which is our origin, was born in the defeat.

Japanese Constitution holds out the following three principles:

  1. Sovereignty of the people
  2. Respect for the fundamental human rights
  3. Pacifism

In the preamble of the Constitution, it is written that we establish that all of our humanbeing in the world have the right to be free from fear and starving, and live in peace.

Dr.Nakamura giving us a lecture

Our honorary principle, Dr.Nakamura, giving a lecture about Peace

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Dr.Norio Nakamura Profile:
Graduated from Tokyo University.
A member of the Japan P.E.N. Club.