Feb 8, 2007

Bullying reflects problems in adult society

Disturbing incidents of bullying continue to make the news. We hear daily of the tragedy of children who, unable to endure the harassment and violence inflicted on them by peers and classmates, are driven to suicide. It is heartbreaking to think of the pain ...

Jan 11, 2007

Moving beyond the use of military force

“We continue to emphasize our differences instead of what we have in common. We continue to talk about ‘us’ versus ‘them.’ Only when we can start to talk about ‘us’ as including all of humanity will we truly be at peace . . .” ...

Dec 14, 2006

The gravest violation of human rights

December 10 was Human Rights Day. The most pressing human rights issue facing our world today is in my view pov- erty. Extreme poverty threatens people’s right to life itself and makes impossible the enjoyment of the rights and freedoms essential to a humane ...

Nov 9, 2006

Clues to living in a stress-filled society

We live in a high-pressure, high-stress society. In Japan, the symptoms of extreme levels of stress are seen in the “death from overwork” syndrome and a tragically high suicide rate. Vicious bullying among children is likewise a reflec- tion of this stress. Martin Seligman, ...

Oct 12, 2006

Restoring our connections with the world

“The cloud-seas of the heavens are riled by waves. The moon a ship rowed into hiding behind a forest of stars.’‘ This waka-style poem was written some 1,300 years ago. It is included in the “Manyoshu” (“A Collection of Ten Thousand Leaves”), the oldest ...

Sep 14, 2006

Emerging from the nuclear shadow

“At any given moment in history, precious few voices are heard crying out for justice. But, now more than ever, those voices must rise above the din of violence and hatred.” These are the memorable words of Dr. Joseph Rotblat, who for many years ...

Aug 10, 2006

Facing the past, embracing the future

To communicate the truths of history is an act of hope for the future. We thus owe it to the youthful generations of the 21st century to communicate the hatred of war, the commitment to peace, that was engraved in so many lives on ...

Jul 13, 2006

Moving toward a creative partnership

Valuing the wisdom and capabilities of women is critical to the development of any organization or society. Organizations where women are full, contributing participants are open and energized by a wide range of opinion and approaches. This is clearly apparent in the business world, ...

Jun 8, 2006

Planting seeds of hope in Japan's youth

The bright laughter of children is the true measure of a society’s health. Ten years ago, I was in San Jose, Costa Rica, for the opening of an exhibition on the reality and threat of nuclear weapons. Even as participants began a dignified rendition ...

May 11, 2006

A power to resist the currents of history

One cold morning in December 1941, I was running through the frozen streets of Tokyo during the predawn hours, delivering newspapers. I saw this as my way to contribute to the family finances. I was 13 at the time, my father was bedridden with ...