Now, in the Japanese society, our efforts such as our daily work and studies are not connected to the happiness of everyone and world peace. For this reason, we cannot feel from our hearts, motivation in living and a feeling of hope in our daily work and studies. The cause of this situation is that an ideal that everyone can truly accept and support wholeheartedly has not been established in Japan.
There are many serious problems in the Japanese society. It would be nearly impossible to solve the problems at the root level from only within the field of each problem. This is because individual matters of the world are not independent and separate. Rather, the way of being of the entire society, that is, the nation's fundamental policy, determines the overall direction.
At present, similar to most countries, the fundamental policy of Japan is "insatiable materialistic prosperity for one's own nation, and planning how to survive when the nation is faced with a crisis for survival". In short, it means, "as long as it is in my nation's best interests, it is OK", and this is national egoism. It is completely opposite from "seeking the happiness and peace of everyone in the world including ourselves."
Not only foreign policies, but also domestically, all systems including the economy and educational system have been created, and policies are being implemented based on this national egoism. Consequently, for example, if one tries to solve the educational problems, a root-level solution cannot be achieved as long as the fundamental policy of the nation is left as it is. Then, how can we reform the educational system, draw forth each person's individuality and abilities, and implement "education for the human being" that encourages awareness of the significance of our existence and this world? It is necessary to correct the nation's fundamental policy of national egoism and set forth a fundamental policy based on "the spirit of altruism and symbiosis."
A fundamental national policy based on the spirit of altruism and symbiosis means, similar to the domestic policies for education and welfare, contribute by peaceful methods with the nation's collective efforts to solving global environmental problems, to welfare activities such as measures against poverty and famine in developing countries, and to activities for the realization of world peace. Expressed in one phrase, the policy would be to become a "Nation for International Peace and the Environment".
The present fundamental national policy of Japan is a policy based on national egoism with the objective of ever-increasing economic growth and insatiable materialistic prosperity. If the Constitution is revised, military power will be used to protect the country, priority will be given to the allied relationship with the U.S., and engaging in warfare overseas will be added to the nation's fundamental policy.
In the present conditions, with the deadlock situation of Japan's society and the crisis situation of the world, it is completely behind the times for the countries of the world to compete with displays of national egoism and bargaining tactics. Not only that, this would actually accelerate the severity of the critical situation all the more.
Of all times, now, we need to awaken from this illusion and raise an ideal for Japan in which our efforts in daily life directly connect to new vitality for the Japanese society, the happiness of the people of the world, and world peace. In this ideal, it is vital to have "individual effort", "ideal for the country", and "hopes of humanity" connect without contradiction. Raising an ideal for the country that everyone can accept and support will fill our hearts with hope and motivation in living. This is the only way that will open the road to solving the deadlock of the Japanese society and the crisis of the world.
This ideal is to make the fundamental national policy, "to aspire for a nation for international peace and the environment".
"Raising an ideal for the country" does not mean to immediately appeal for the present government and politicians to bring to realization a "nation for international peace and the environment". (Realistically, this would be impossible.)
Further, it does not mean bringing to realization a "nation for international peace and the environment" by solving the various domestic problems one by one and changing the systems and structures.
"Raising an ideal for the country" means making the fundamental national policy, "to aspire for a nation for international peace and the environment".
However, it does not mean appealing to the present government and politicians right away and trying to force the government to "aspire for a nation for international peace and the environment".
" Raising an ideal for the country" means increasing the number of people who agree with this idea, and by the heightened momentum, ultimately appealing to the government and going through processes such as a national referendum and constitutional amendments. Then, the nation (state) would declare it "aspires for a nation for international peace and the environment".
After declaring that the nation "aspires for a nation for international peace and the environment", following this new fundamental national policy, the government, industry, education, and other systems will improve.
It is not that these activities will start to make an impact domestically and internationally when the nation declares that it "aspires to become a nation for international peace and the environment".
As more and more people agree with this idea and this trend gains momentum, it will gradually have a strong influence domestically and internationally.
Domestically, as this new trend gains momentum, the awareness of the people will begin to change. More people will see a light of hope for the future, and the world will become brighter. The trend of people helping each other and valuing human relationships will gradually expand, and the home and school environments will become harmonious. As this kind of trend expands, it will encourage internal changes toward improving the education and social welfare systems. In this kind of environment, our daily lives will become full of vigor and life. There will be more children who study hard because they are aware of altruistic objectives instead of selfish objectives. Specialists in various fields will begin research for the sake of building the new country, NPOs and NGOs will develop concrete proposals, and this movement will gradually blossom.
Overseas, many peace-loving people will take notice of this unprecedented movement toward "renouncing national egoism." As this movement blossoms and as the number of people who understand the true intent increases, other countries will emulate Japan, and movements toward "renouncing national egoism" will begin in each country. Similar to Japan, NPOs and NGOs will work together and this will gradually become a strong tide. More and more people will come forth to collaborate toward building the new country of Japan. International tensions from conflicts of national egoism will begin to ease, and gradually, true collaborative relations will form toward solving the environmental problems and other serious problems. As more and more people awaken to the foolishness of fighting based on conflicts of national egoism, wars, disputes and terrorism will diminish.
Then, at the stage when Japan as a nation declares domestically and internationally that it "aspires for a nation for international peace and the environment", prospects for solving the many serious problems of the world will be in sight.
xThe present objective for this concept will be, as more people agree to the concept of "raising an ideal for the country together", to create a great impact domestically and internationally, facilitate root-level alleviation of international tensions caused by conflicts of national egoism, and pave a road toward solving the many serious problems of the world.