Saturday, December 03, 2016

"whatsoever ye have spoken in darkness" - Fukushima Daiichi Accident Victims in Schools

Fukushima field with disposal bags from Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant

Fukushima Daiichi Accident Victims in Schools

There are still deplorable reports on children who left their hometowns in Fukushima Prefecture after the nuclear accident of 2011, though almost six years have passed.

Specifically, one family that voluntarily moved from Fukushima to Yokohama City, immediately south of Tokyo, has complained publicly recently that their son, now a junior high school student, had been treated badly when he went to primary school in Yokohama.

When the boy started to go to the primary school, he was in the second grade.  But, his new classmates called him a germ, since they knew the boy came from Fukushima where the nuclear accident had occurred and a high level of radioactive doses had been reported.

Through the second to the fourth grades, the boy was sometime mocked at or bullied by classmates.  But when he advanced to the fifth and sixth grades, some classmates started to extort money from the boy for playing in a gaming arcade, a video  game parlor, etc.  Those bad boys said to the victimized boy that his family must have received big compensation money from the electric power company that owned the Fukushiama Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant.   For two years, they extorted total 1.5 million yen ($15,000) from the poor boy.  The boy sometimes stopped going to school.

Of course, the boy sometimes asked help from teachers, but they did not sincerely respond to the boy's appeal.   And, even when teachers knew that the boy was extorted money from, the school management did not inform boy's parents of the fact.   In fact, other parents who heard of the extortion case from their children having not joined the bullying requested the school management to take some action to this problem.  Then a meeting was held with the teachers, the parents, and the boy, but the teachers said that the family had to report the extortion case to the police, and as for bullying due to the Fukushima matter, the boy had to behave well and take care of himself.

After the boy graduated from the primary school and advanced to a junior high school, the parent asked a lawyer to handle this case.  And then, this incident was exposed publicly, since newspapers, TV stations, etc. took up this case.

So, there must be not a few children who had moved from Fukushima Prefecture to other prefectures and started to go to new primary schools and then faced cold attitudes of some of their new classmates.  Some children in other prefectures seem to believe that Fukushima children were contaminated by radioactive doses like getting plagued.  And some of them think that their new classmates coming from Fuksuhima are dirty like germs.

As newspapers and TV critics and journalists criticize, the attitudes of those teachers who did not try to protect children from Fukushima Prefecture are graver and more alarming.

Finally, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan has issued official instructions to Yokohama City and its Education Commission to officially investigate into and respond to the case of bullying and extortion of pupils who moved from Fukushima Prefecture.

Though not all the schools and children who have received Fukushima boys and girls after the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident have alienated, discriminated, insulted, bullied or intimidated the new classmates, this incident revealed how deplorable and foolish some Japanese are without learning correct things after the the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident.

There have been no reports that any medical doctors and staff have been physically damaged by radiation doses when they treated patients who were exposed to large radiation doses in Japan.

However, to children, radiation doses must look like something horrible.  And, their instinct that people who have been exposed to strong radiation doses must continue to be under terrible influence cannot be simply dismissed.  So, it is essential to educate primary school children on radiation and nuclear accidents.   But how deplorable it is that children have to learn such things.

And it is more deplorable for teachers and adults to think that there is no need to build friendship between children who experienced a nuclear accident and other children.

However, this sort of prejudice once prevailed in Japan after WWII against the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bomb victims.  Indeed, radiation doses even destroy ethics of people.

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Luk 12:3 Therefore whatsoever ye have spoken in darkness shall be heard in the light; and that which ye have spoken in the ear in closets shall be proclaimed upon the housetops.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

"my yoke is easy" - Japanese or Non-Japanese, That Matters

A Local Station around Fukushima Prefecture

Japanese or Non-Japanese, That Matters

After WWII, Taiwan got independent from Japan.

But there existed close ties between some Japanese and Taiwanese, though the diplomatic relationship between Taiwan and Japan was cut after Japan admitted the Beijin Government in 1972.  There are many Taiwanese or descendants of Taiwanese living in Japan.  And it seems that Taiwanese can get Japanese nationality more easily than any other foreigners.  On the other hand, there are many Taiwanese who like Japan today despite the Japanese occupation of Taiwan from 1895 to 1945.

There are many Japanese who look like Taiwanese and many Taiwanese who look like Japanese.  If some Taiwanese claim that one of their parents is Japanese, you would soon believe their words, since some Taiwanese look like Japanese.   It is said after WWII some pure Taiwanese living in Japan pretended that they had Japanese blood.  But why?  Does it matter whether one is half-Japanese or non-Japanese?

Japanese don't much mind the color of the skin of people.  But, Japanese do mind if someone is Japanese or not.  For this reason, there might be many Taiwanese, Chinese, Koreans, etc. who are living in Japan while pretending that they have some Japanese blood.  It would be much easier for a half-Japanese to live in Japan than 100% foreigners if they are Taiwanese Chinese, Koreans, etc.

So, Christ Jesus said to be kind to foreigners.  No matter what religion you believe, you have to be kind to foreigners, no matter what religion they believe.  

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Mat 11:30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

Monday, November 28, 2016

"again to Jerusalem" - World Trade Center in 1974 and Obama in 2008

Mt. Fuji viewed from Tokyo

World Trade Center in 1974 and Obama in 2008

In 1974, a man walked on a wire rope set between the two towers of the World Trade Center, New York.

It was made into a movie in 2008, winning various prizes.

The man named Philippe Petit, French, could successfully play performance over 40 minutes in the air 400 meters above the ground.  Nothing tragic happened.  He came back to the ground to be a hero.

However, 27 years later the World Trade Center was demolished by an act of terror.  About 3,000 people were killed there.  And this incident triggered the US War on Terror, with invasion of Afghanistan and Iraq both of which turned to be nonsense as we look back today to the sequence of the subsequent events.  Afghanistan and Iraq were not attacking the US.  But, this American movement caused great instability in the Islamic world, resulting in today's tragedies in Syria and Iraq as well as other Islamic nations.

God saved the life of one performer walking in the space between the roofs of the two World Trade Center towers in 1974, but He did not save lives of 3,000 people in the World Trade Center in 2001.

Had America committed grave sins in those 27 years that caused the change of attitudes of God on human lives around the World Trade Center?

Accordingly, the first African American President Barack Obama was elected in 2008, like a performer walking in the space between two tall towers.  But will he be the first and only performer in politics like the French performer in terms of the wire act at the top of the World Trade Center?

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Mar 11:27 And they come again to Jerusalem: and as he was walking in the temple, there come to him the chief priests, and the scribes, and the elders,
Mar 11:28 And say unto him, By what authority doest thou these things? and who gave thee this authority to do these things?