2009年08月23日

ソウルでの平和会議(8/19-23)に参加して


 My participation in "The 3rd International NGO Conference o History and Peace" has given me the chance to get acquainted with speakers even more closely, finding myself in better understanding to present territorial issues in the world and also the chance to learn that every single effort should be made toward appropriate solution for these problems. Megumi who had attended the event last year with me, says her generation could find a better solution, build a better friendship and mutual understanding.

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In the Conference, I have had a chance to present a story about YANAGI Muneyoshi & Kanako, who had lived in Abiko during the Samil Independence movement  and to have listened to various presentations and insights from Middle East and South East Asian speakers regarding present conflicts and also I was moved with the efforts toward solution reported by speakers from Europe and USA. Concurrently through opinions and comments exchanged among discussants, I was given positive impression that contribution and efforts by NGO in the 21st Century may play an important role in the way of approaching conflict resolution, which couldn’t have been found in the 20th Century.

Moreover, it was a new discovery for me that a presentation of a Korean speaker mentioned that ’恨Han (culture)’ proved to be some sentiment denoting their consistent hope under unavoidable difficult circumstance.  On the other hand, Japanese Just recognized the same Chinese character as "grudges “.  Both countries have shared some similarities based on Chinese characters and culture.  However, a precise explanation by the speaker, ‘恨 Han’ is also a dissolution of hatred by means not attributing dissatisfaction to other people.

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I realized this constructive way of Korean thinking have made it possible to host highly future-oriented conference in Seoul ,Korea.  I simply appreciate the chance given to lean about such a good neighbor and wish our friendship will develop positively in the near future. In the 21st century, we are aware of the past history of shivering  wars and conflicts in many areas as well as in Japan and Northeast Asia, but not only be aware of the past history but also we should behave and act to be responsible for our future.


 
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