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Today, August 15, is the anniversary of the end of WW2 in Japan. In other countries, it is Victory Day.

Today, August 15, is the anniversary of the end of WW2 in Japan. In other countries, it is Victory Day.
It’s no wonder that, 76 years later, it now feels distant and unreal. The tragedy of war has faded away, and generations that have never known it are once again subjected to the fragmentation of society due to political arrogance. Unnecessarily, a considerable amount of hatred towards other nationalities has developed in the present day.

I want you to travel.
When you travel around the world, you realize how comfortable your life is. When you go abroad, you become an outsider. There are times when you are discriminated against just because you are Asian. However, you can still make friends in Korea, China, or the Middle East. When you make a friend, it doesn’t matter what your ethnicity is, your friendship will feel important.
When a natural disaster or calamity occurs in a country I have been to, I worry about it as if my family were affected.

I want you to think.
After all, we are all the same human beings, just living with different religions, different sexual orientations, different political situations, and different economic situations. Children cannot choose their parents or where they are born, myself included.
So, I want you to think about it. Listen carefully to people who have different opinions from yours. Let’s talk to each other, accepting our differences. Be tolerant and don’t be upset when others have different opinions.

Finally, I want you to act.
Actually, I’m not saying this to you. I’m saying all of this to myself. I want to beat my head against the wall every day and act in a way to achieve these three things. Be patient and never give up. Even if I fail repeatedly, I will live believing that tomorrow will be better than today. This is all I can do for myself.