2014年06月10日

ITで世界とつながる時代を実感のこの頃

この所、久々の人からメールがきていて、海外からも我孫子に関心をもってくれる時代になったのだなあと思います。まだまだ色々な試みを当地でもできそうです。

-----Original Message-----
Sent: Wednesday, June 04, 2014 9:00 AM
To: 海津
Subject: Lecture -- Invitation

海津様、

お元気でしょうか?研究が無事に進んでいますか?
大変お忙しいところと思いますが、私の「Japanese Politics」(地域研究専攻)の授業で、選挙の
動き方を勉強しています。今月、学院生たちが地方選挙の実際研究をしています。

Natalia(授業のTA)と相談上で、院生たちが日本の政治家に、体験、経験などの話を聞いて頂ければ非常に良い勉強と思います。ご都合が宜しければ、私の授業に来て、経験(公職選挙法も含めて)を教えて頂くをお願いすることは可能でしょうか?30〜45分間、自分の経験についての話を頂ければ、非常に良い勉強になると思います。

I understand that you are very busy, but if you have time in your schedule, would it be possible for you to come to my class and tell us about your experiences?

I hope that you will say "yes," and I look forward to hearing from you.

Best regards (よろしくお願いいたします)
L.T‐K

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2014-06-8 11:40 GMT+09:00
Dear Nina san,

Nice to hear from you.
It would be nice if you to join us at my session on June 22 which will be conducted in English.

The conference will be started on June 21.Did you get the detailed program of the conference?

The conference will be organized by Japanaese NGOs. I will inform you of the Japanese coordinator.

Regards,K.S-H

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Sent: Wednesday, June 9, 2014 8:21 AM
Subject: Re: Aloha from Abiko

Dear Kaizu san:
Sorry for not responding to your letter sooner.

I returned home safely after a near month-long travel to Europe.

Your are raising an important issue on the education in Korea under the Japanese colonial rule. What the Japanese Wikipedia states, as you are quoting, are only one-sided view. I went through my elementary schooling under the Japanese rule so that I can give my own experience of the Japanese school.

At the first grade, there some lessons on Korean, but by the second grade the use of the Korean language was prohibited officially. We were ordered to speak and write only in Japanese even at home. Those who violated this rule was punished by school. When I was at the second or third grade, Japan celebrated 2,600th anniversary of the Jinmu Kenkoku (Kigen 2,600-nen), and for a school exhibition, I remember caligraphy writings such as these: "Nihon-to Yamato tamashi," "Kyujo Yohai," "Chukun Aikoku," etc. Throughout the six-years of schooling, we were indoctrinated to hate the United States and Britain, calling them as "Kichiku Bei-Eei."

At the first grade, the school principal, Ono Maresuke, ordered Christian children to not attend church service. When my elder brother and I, along with about a dozens of us, violated this instruction, we had to keel down on the school ground (using a short pant) all morming hours in an early winter day.

One Japanese teacher, Tanabe, claiming to be of "shizoku" origin, carried a Japanese sword (real Nihon-to) occasionally to school and wielded it to children in a threatening gesture.

In the last years of the Pacific War, we were mobilized to to cut down pine trees to produce "pine oil (shokon yu?)". For these works, I had a very bad frostbite on my right hand, whose scar still remains on my body.

As for the education, the Wikipedia presents a favorable aspect of the colonial rule, distorting the reality. I can talk endlessly to discredit such a view, but this is not a place for that. All I can say is that the Japanese rule, especially education, tried a wholesale attempt to eradicate the Korean tradition and spirit and to Japanize the Koreans. As long as Japan tries to justify its rule in Korea, I am seriously worried about the future East Asia.

Best regards、Y.H-C

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