Regarding the March 30 article, “Japanese-Brazilian beats the odds to win place at university“: Japan should offer more support to bicultural individuals such as this gentleman. (Twenty-year-old Rafael Yukio Kusuki, a third-generation Japanese-Brazilian, is said to be living in an Aichi Prefecture public shelter.)
When the country is turning into a stagnant, homogenous society with an aging population, wouldn’t it benefit Japan to help and invest in people who can offer different ideas and cultural enrichment?
It’s good for Japan to invest in its neighbor countries abroad, but real change and progress should come within Japan itself. This young man’s accomplishment is nothing short of inspirational, even patriotic.
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