|Comment 7: September 14, 2001 3:42 PM|
|Sacrificed for the never-ending pursuit of capitalism?|
|Since yesterday, by their requests, I have appeared on a few Japanese radio stations, for whom I worked as a correspondent before, to comment on this tragic incident. Although I expressed myself on those occasions, I felt helpless regarding the gap in awareness of reality between those living in Japan and myself as a Japanese living in NY. Though I've been involved in various types of news reporting both in Japan and the U.S., I feel sort of lost about what I should do as a journalist now..
People, especially those who belong to the developed nations, should rethink their sense of values in the world. I give my greatest sympathy to the victims of the incident. However, I have to say that they might have been sacrificed for the never-ending pursuit of capitalism in this country.
I used to frequent the Twin Towers when I was covering finance. I often asked myself then: what is capitalism? Where are those who hooked on "materialism " going? "Are they climbing up to heaven by offering their money to God?" These ideas came to mind in dealing rooms at banks and brokerage houses in the towers. As I wanted to get back to nature and to focus on the spiritual aspects of life, I eventually quit reporting finance and decided to focus more on spirituality and getting back to nature.
I believe that The U.S. will get over this disaster. However, if they would go down the same road intent on the same principles, I am afraid that another tragedy might occur. I hope the U.S. can build a more peaceful, energetic, and united society that has a different sense of values than before. I know this country has the power to do this because it has a huge reservoir of human resources with different skills as well as a diversity of cultural and ethnic backgrounds.
Potentialities of human beings are limitless. I believe people should believe in their own possibilities and create the future. This tragedy is neither the end of the world or the beginning of the destruction or rushing in to the World War III. I believe it's the mission for New York-based Japanese to convey the fact to those who living in Japan.
|Comment 6: September 14, 2001 7:32 AM|
|I am against both war and terrorism.|
|I was very shocked by the television coverage of the World Trade Center attack. As I watched thousands of people's lives being taken away in almost real time, I felt enraged and frustrated at not being able to do anything, no matter how much I wanted to help. I feel a deep sense of pain when I think about how regretfully those victims were killed so unexpectedly. I hear that the majority of Americans believe that retaliation is the right answer. However, is jumping right into war the best response? Terrorism is certainly an abominable act, but there is also the possibility that the attack was provoked by foreign policy mistakes made by the US government, as well as manipulation by people who want war. The economy might become even worse if a war breaks out. I feel that it is important to keep calm and think clearly in light of what has just occurred.
|Comment 5: September 13, 2001 11:53 AM|
|"This is just like Pearl Harbor!?"|
|NAME: Yumi Morishige|
|On the street this week, I heard some young people say to each other, "This is just like Pearl Harbor." "Yeah, it's a sneak attack, you know." They apparently think the US will win a war in same way that they were successful (?) in the last War (WW II).
In addition, I heard that Madonna sent a message to her fans that she is against a military attack and hoping for peace.
You can see more about the Madonna news item at:
It makes a big difference when you hear this come from the mouth of a big star.
I do not quite understand the response from the spectators though.
|Comment 4: September 13, 2001 11:53 AM|
|Media pied-pipers seem to have joined hands with a number of politicians to stir up blind patriarchy in America. They call the WTC attack "the second Pearl Harbor," making a new propaganda out of the recycled racial stereotype: The Arabs are just as dangerous and obnoxious as the Japanese. According to a column by Steve Macleavy for New York Post, "The response to this unimaginable 21st century Pearl Harbor should be as simple as it is swift -- kill the bastards...As for cities or countries that host these worms, bomb them into basketball courts."
Remarks like this do not reach Japan. In toned-down translations on the Japanese websites (many of them run by U.S. multinationals), "offensive" expressions are unofficially censored.
In Japan, we must watch out for Koizumi's move toward militarism camouflaged by his "total support for the U.S." Japan's potential legal amendment to support America's warfare must be convenient and amusing to the White House. The calmer side of the American media is weary of the hasty move. In yesterday's San Francisco Chronicle, Jon Caroll wrote: "That's the problem with using Pearl Harbor as a metaphor. That's the problem with declaring war. The aphorism should be obvious: first the enemy, then the war." (www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2001/09/12/DD86544.DTL) On top of all that, who needs a second Hiroshima in the Middle East, or possibly, in one or both of our homelands?
|Comment 3: September 13, 2001 5:45 AM|
|NY as the world's capital|
|I am moved by the strong and humanistic nature of New Yorkers who are not preoccupied with only themselves but are willing to participate in volunteer work right after this tragic incident happened. At the same time I feel appalled imagining how it would be if this kind of thing would have happened in Japan. As long as New York maintains this attitude, it will remain as the capital of the world.
|Comment 2: September 12, 2001 10:18 PM|
|Name: Masahiko Kunihiro|
|To peace wishers.
Heartfelt condolence to the victims of this tragic incident in New York City as well as to every citizen of the United States. This incident seems to be perceived widely as a deed of and a call to war. However I wish people would make the most of human wisdom to prevent the reproduction of disaster on a worldwide scale.
|Comment 1: September 12, 2001 6:23 PM|
|I feel like part of myself broken off.|
|Condolences to the victims of the attack on WTC. I appreciate to have this place to express my feeling and opinion, since I am a New Yorker far away in Kyoto. I am totally distressed by this event and feel like part of myself broken off. But I make best efforts to watch carefully what the US government will do. This one is big-scaled; nevertheless, it's terrorism, not a war. Attack against attack never worked to stop terrorism. I hope that openness of NY prevails ultimately in this world.