Monday, December 19, 2005


In today's class, I had a presentation. Our topic was Japanese-Koreans.
the problems about them can be divided into 3 parts―education, suffrage and nationality.
Korean schools are supported by North Korea and the local governments. but the amount is very small. so they want support by the Japanese government. but the government can use its money to public organization only. to get support, Korean schools need to be admitted as general schools.
suffrage is, in other words, the right to vote. some people say that Koreans pay tax as well as the Japanese nation, so they should get suffrage.they also say that giving them suffrage is for true internationalization.Should we give them suffrage?What do you think?
today, Koreans choose which nationality they get(Korea or Japan) when they become 20 years old. Whichever they choose, they(in Japan) has the right of parmanent residence.

there are many problems about foreigners in Japan but ones about Zainichi-Koreans are special.
we have to think about them carefully.

Monday, December 05, 2005


I heard Aoyama Gakuin University has a tutor system. It is to support overseas students by students. If I use this system, my English may improve and I can learn other cultures. Finally, it will be possible that I can understand diversity.but my TOEIC score was not good( that was my first time)! For the time being, I continue to study alone.

Sunday, November 27, 2005


It is not long before I move to Fuchinobe. I and my family are very busy now. I will write again.

I'm sorry for my short writing...

Sunday, November 20, 2005

YAMATO refugees' center

In December, I will move to Fuchinobe with my family. (I will not be alone!) everybody must think it's too late but I am looking forward to moving.

I have lived Yamato city in Kanagawa for 19 years. In Yamato, there was a refugees' center. there were many refugees from Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia. they were trained to work in Japan there. many adults didn't like them very much because they didn't try to speak Japanese and they put on the same clothes every day. they couldn't help it because they were in training and had little money. but Japanese people like cleanness so there was a discrimination.

unlike adults, we, pupils, used to play with them. the center was in back of our elementary school. we had a party to communicate each other once a year. I have greeted them in Laotian once. I didn't understand what I said ( because I just read the draft my teacher wrote) , but I was happy to make myself understood in other language. after the party, I made friends with a Laotian girl. I couldn't speak Laotian, let alone English, so we communicate with smiling. when I visited her room in the center, her mother cried and shaked hands with me. she repeated saying "ARIGATO". I will never forget I was confused then.

one day, the center disappeared suddenly. the girl and her mother also disappeared without saying good-bye. I didn't know the reason. I was very sad.

about 8 years after, I have known the reason. I got information from my professor. he said the center was broken because of the lack of budget of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. and the refugees decided their futures from 3 choices.
1. return to their own countries because they get peace
2. go to the US or Australia as refugees
3. go to the other places in Japan ( small number of people)
Japan doesn't accept many refugees compared with the other developed countries. we will not realize the social and cultural diversity under the same conditions.

I hope that the girl and her family returned to their own country and live peacefully. and some day, I want to meet her again. then, we will communicate using a language.

Friday, November 11, 2005

Answer to sidewalker's question!

I answer to sidewalker's question.

first of all, I am sorry that my explanation was not enough. my professor's speciality is international law. his comment included two meanings, I think.
1. the problems of human rights had better be solved by each country. this means it is simpler to be thought by each country than on global level. but today, globalization has occured, so it is difficult.
2. unlike the other international problems, the problems of human rights are complex because whoever alive needs family. they are too difficult to be treated simply by the international law. I take it for example. a person came to Japan as a refugee and Japan accepted him. he can live peacefully. but if he left his family in his homeland, will he live happily? most of people can be happy only when they live with their family and they are in homeland. although we have thought that we had better accept as many refugees as possible and live together without discrimination(=near to assimilation?), today experts think that we should make them return to their own countries as soon as possible after their own countries achieved peace. protecting refugees by the international law is needed but it is not always desirable for refugees.

I interpretted his comment like this. maybe there are some mistakes because I have just finished to listen to the lecture and I have not understood well yet. if I get new information, I will write again.

Saturday, November 05, 2005

Human rights

sidewalker, thank you for your comment!

I have never thought whether we should adopt broader difinition of rights. yesterday, I had a chance to listen to a lecture about human rights from a graduate who works in the UN. I could learn about the present condition of human rights. but after her lecture, my teacher said, "the problem of human rights had better not be treated by laws, but today we forced to do so". precisely, people have human rights as fundamental rights since they were born. nevertheless, we have to treat them by laws. It is quite strange.

but the concept of human rights itself has just been born lately. we just have to do so.

now, I want to talk about the treaty. it was about the cultural diversity. but it seems to be made for the commercial aim as I wrote before. will it help to develop the concept of diversity?

Friday, October 21, 2005

Diversity of cultures

I found the interesting news !

The treaty about the diversity of cultures was adopted in the meeting of UNESCO in 20th Oct. France and Canada agreed with it but the US disagreed. Hollywood movies seem to have something to do with the treaty.