Whatever the differences in the type and scale of the war, between Ukraine and Vietnam, I wish the young Japanese people of today, who are living in a daze, should be more sensitive to international situations.
One year has already passed since Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, 2023. The devastation of the war in Ukraine can be seen on TV news programs. BS-NHK International News provides more detailed reports through BBC in the UK, ZDF in Germany, F2 in France, TVB in Hong Kong, and CNA in Singapore.
Japanese Students and Young Remain Unmoved
Yesterday, a “quiet” rally was held in Tokyo by displaced Ukrainians, Ukrainians living in Japan, and other concerned citizens to condemn Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
However, the movement of Japanese students and young people was not reported in any media. Perhaps there is no such movement. What are they thinking? They are supposed to be sensitive to international and domestic politics.
Now that I am getting old, it sets my teeth on edge that the only thing I can do now is donating to Ukraine. Japanese young people must be spoiled by their petty-bourgeois lives, not even making donations.
Young Japanese Should be More Sensitive
You may laugh at me as an old man talking about the past. When we were students, we were really keen and busy every day with anti-Vietnam war activities such as rallies, demonstration marches, making propaganda leaflets, debates, and so on. In addition to this, I had to work as a truck driver and a tutor to earn a living.
Whatever the differences in the type and scale of the war, I wish the young Japanese people of today, who are living in a daze, should be more sensitive to international situations.
【photos】Cherry blossoms praying for peace in Ukraine.