UN Ethics Summit
I am sending you herein attached my renewed plea for a UN Ethics Summit.
It is a historic mission of Japan to pursue the goal of true denuclearization.
The targets of the Summit are the establishment of global ethics and maternal civilization
as prerequisite for the denuclearization. The Summit therefore can be conceived as the entrance to the final goal.
In my message addressed to Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga on September 27, I reminded him of the significance of the UN Ethics Summit and asked him to consider cooperating with China for this issue, hoping that it will contribute to easing the mounting tension between China and the United States, reminding him of China’s contribution to the 10 Peace Principles of Bandung. Japan has territorial issues with China.
The world regrettably has lost ideals. The International Society needs to uphold common lofty goals.
Please allow me to count on your understanding and support.
Former Japanese Ambassador to Japan.
(My renewed plea)
4 October, 2020
A Plea for a United Nations Ethics Summit to Be Held
The preset Corona-19 crisis the world is confronted with is neither an economic crisis nor a monetary one. It is a crisis of civilization. The solution requires the mobilization of human wisdom on the widest global scale.
The recent natural disasters worldwide unprecedented in history, destroying the lives and livelihoods of millions of people are warnings that mankind faces a change of way of life not only in Japan, but the entire world.
The civilization of science that has ‘controlled and conquered Nature’ since the 17th century is based on ‘paternal culture’ based on power and domination. Now is the time for us to transform it into a civilization based on ethics and solidarity that respect the right of future generations.
Japan, alas, has been the victim of both civil and military use of nuclear energy. Japan has been calling upon the International Community to pursue military denuclearization. Japan now has the duty to plead for changing course in the energy field, not only in Japan, but worldwide, with a view to abandoning nuclear plants.
Fulfilling this duty alone would constitute a Japanese contribution to the world and Japanese victims of the 3.11 disaster would not have suffered in vain.
The deeply-rooted cause of the crisis confronting mankind is the universally prevalent lack of ethics. It is against fundamental ethics to abuse and exhaust natural resources that belong to future generations and leave behind permanently poisonous waste and enormous financial debts. It is a matter of great urgency to put an end to this civilization of greed based on market fundamentalism.