Sunday, October 16, 2011

Speaking up 声を出すこと

Occupy Wall Street has been growing world wide now. However, there are no rallies here in Japan, and if there are we don't really hear about them. Japan is facing many serious crisis at the moment, but there are no major rallies in public. I hear that Japanese do not like rallies in general. However, everyone complains about the government all the time, but not many people speak up. As I grew up in the US I have always wondered why.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu whom I met once said, "If you are neutral in situation of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor." I utterly agree with this famous quote. You cannot stay passive and silent. You must stand up and speak up. That is only a beginning of the change you wish to make. I find the Japanese citizens too passive. Perhaps I am too westernized, but what will we gain by staying silent? Japanese people needs to stand up in a way that has never done before. I would really like to think about it with you.



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