It’s normal for any kid to feel worried or anxious before a test. Relax. However, I want to give you some advice. When you take a test, read each question carefully.
It may sound like a bit of obvious advice, but reading each question carefully is one of the most important test-taking strategies you can use on any test. As you begin to read the question, you might often formulate a response before you’ve even finished reading it.
If you write your answer before you fully read the question, you might miss out on important information or even give the wrong response. I hope you can avoid this situation.







Covid-19 is still here in December. How long will it last?
Even if current control measures are lifted too soon, we are likely to see another peak in the virus, and this will keep happening until enough immunity has built up in the population, or until we are able to develop an effective vaccine against this virus.
At times like this, it’s important not to lose hope. While we keep up our good hygiene, I understand that small changes make a big difference.
First, stay more focused on what you have to do now, since we don’t have so many distractions owing to this pandemic. If you want to get into your target school, you will have a lot more to do. Find out where you are lacking, and clear up your small problems. Your perseverance is being tested. These small steps will not only lead to your success but also boost your mental strength, in another words, self-confidence and resilience. This adversary gives you the best chance to make your willpower strong enough to navigate the world – the ugly and the beautiful sides of it.
Second, I recommend that you do some household chores for a change. Enjoy doing the dishes or helping clean your house or whatever you might think of. After you have done that, you might be feeling a little bit of fulfillment in making your family happier.
Keep it up!



優れた創造力、たくましい意志、燃えるような情熱、 臆病な弱い心を打ち破る勇気、困難に負けない冒険、このような心の在り方を青春と言うのです。
人は、七十歳であろうと、十六歳であろうと、 心に変化を求め続け、万物への尊敬の念を抱き、決してへこたれず、子供のような探究心と生きる喜びを持ち続けば、その人はいつまでも青年です。



Youth is not a time of life; it is a state of mind.
It is not a matter of rosy cheeks, red lips and supple knees,
it is a matter of the will, a quality of the imagination, a vigor of the emotions,
it is the freshness of the deep springs of life.
Youth means a temperamental predominance of courage over timidity of the appetite, for adventure over the love of ease.
This often exists in man of sixty more than a boy of twenty.
Nobody grows old merely by a number of years . We grow old by deserting our ideals.
Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles soul.
Worry, fear, self-distrust bows the heart and turns the spirit back to dust.
Whether sixty or sixteen, there is in every being’s heart the lure of wonder, the unfailing child-like appetite of what’s next, and the joy of the game of living. In the center of your heart and my heart there is wireless station, so long as it receives message of beauty, courage and power from men and from the Infinite, so long are you young.

You are very young. With that in mind, let’s get started, shall we?






Sir Ebenezer Howard is universally recognized as the father of the new garden city movement in England. During his lifetime, the 19th century, cholera was extremely prevalent in England. This garden city movement is a method of urban planning in which self-contained communities are surrounded by “greenbelts” containing proportionate areas for residences, industry, and agriculture. The aim was to capture the primary benefits of a countryside environment and a city environment while avoiding the disadvantages presented by both. For too long people have had to make the unfulfilling choice between living in a culturally isolated rural area or giving up nature to live in a city, but he insists that human society and the beauty of nature are meant to be enjoyed together.
These garden cities were used as the model for many suburbs. After Covid-19, I am sure another virus will pop up just like the 1918 Spanish flu with which 40% of Japanese were infected. In this new normal, people might have more say over where they live than ever before. Some students might face a lot of uncertainty about the future. We can definitely make do, including making use of the new garden city movement.






I guess some students might think,” I do the same things every day, and there’s nothing exciting. What can I do to change that? “Here are some ways you can inspire, refresh, and enhance your creativity. Please stop your daily routine. Routines send your brain into a comfort zone. When you do the same things every day, like going to school the same way, eating the same food, and reading the same textbooks, your brain goes into auto pilot, which prevents it from being stimulated by new experiences. Try to keep things fresh; do things differently. Take a different route to study. The freshness will stimulate your mind, keep it active and ultimately make it more creative.
Creativity happens when the brain is stimulated. A new environment is definitely the most stimulating environment. Think of babies: everything around them is new. They are filled with curiosity and love to explore everything! Perceive your environment as a tourist would. You might see something new and it might spark a new idea! In addition,  a research team at Juntendo University Faculty of Medicine recommends that we drink a few glasses of water within the first 45 minutes of bouncing out of bed. Hydration is incredibly important, especially after waking up. To start, let’s drink a glass of water, shall we?




Believe it or not, cleanliness has long been next to godliness for the hygiene-conscious in Japan. This concept is based on Buddhist teachings and Feng Shui, a traditional Chinese belief that people’s fortunes are determined by their surroundings. The bathroom is particularly important because it tends to get dirty unless it is cleaned on a regular basis. Feng Shui states that the drains and flushing water can sap spiritual energy from the area, and if the area is related to health, there is the potential for your health to go down the drain. Therefore, you have to put more time and effort into keeping your bathroom clear and fresh. In addition, I recommend that you clean your room and sort out your belongings as well. You will feel totally refreshed after you have done all of this.




It is often said that a man can do anything he wants to, once he puts his mind to it.
I don’t think that is always true. Many people are obsessed with finding the perfect achievement or the perfect friend, and as a result, become increasingly frustrated when this does not happen in reality.
When things do not work out the way we had planned, we tend to feel down and constantly on edge, saying,” I want to quit. I can’t take it any more.” However, we rarely find exactly what we’re looking for. Hope for the best, but expect a little less. Remember, the magnitude of your happiness will be directly proportional to your thoughts and how you choose to think about things. Even if a situation or relationship doesn’t work out at all, it’s still worth it, because it makes you feel something new, and it teaches you to think outside of the box. Again, who is hurting you? It’s not somebody else. It might be your expectations, which are too high.
It’s good for students to be accepted at the best schools, but I do hope that in everyday life, you study regularly without worrying too much about your daily test results.


COVID19によって、個々の衛生管理を高め、3密を回避するために、自宅勤務、テレビ会議、勤務日数短縮、時差出勤などを可能にしました。これからを見据える場合、今までの慣行常識を切り替えていくことが我々には必要です。また企業には今まで以上の創造性や変化変容を推進する能力が求められています。例えばシャープと言えば大手電気機器会社ですが、液晶パネルを製造している三重工場のクリーンルームにマスク生産機器を購入してマスク製造を開始しました。またいくつかの酒蔵では品薄の消毒用アルコールの代替品としてアルコール度数の高い酒の発売許可が出て、販売も広がっています。また最近日本で開発された深紫外線LED空気清浄機でCOVID 19の除菌がほぼできることがわかりました。除菌能力は99.9%以上であり、手洗い、マスク着用とこの清浄機で元の生活を取り戻すことができるかもしれません。

COVID-19 is prompting us to change our habits in such ways as maintaining good personal hygiene, working from home, starting to do video conferencing, working shorter weeks or staggering office hours to reduce traffic. Getting rid of conventional ways of thinking may be a necessary evil if we want to move forward. At the same time, creativity and a change in how various industries operate will help us in order to move forward. For example, the electronics manufacturer Sharp, which is originally designed to make liquid-crystal display panels, is currently manufacturing surgical masks by using clean rooms in a factory in Mie Prefecture. Some Sake breweries are producing high-alcohol content liquids to use in place of the alcohol-based sanitizers that have become as scarce as face masks. A recently developed deep ultraviolet LED in Japan turned out to be very effective in weakening COVID19, reducing its infection capacity by around 99.9 %. Along with washing hands, wearing masks and new purifiers, we will be able to restore normal life very soon.
In the end, this crisis turned out to be the best opportunity to create a new business.
“Vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation, creativity and change.” -Brene Brown
Let’s accept and embrace change, shall we?


南アフリカの「ウブントゥ」という言葉を聞いたことがありますか。私達は皆つながっていて他人の成長や行動を通して自らを成長させ自己完成をするという意味です。人種差別政策アパルトヘイトを放棄した南アフリカの黒人初大統領ネルソン・マンデラ氏は ウブントゥの思想を重んじていました。演説で「国を旅している人が村で立ち止まり、食料や水を乞うことはありませんでしたが、村人は自ら彼に食料を与えもてなした」と述べました。これが「ウブントゥ」の精神なのです。つまり、すべての人は違った技能や長所を持っており、互助精神で助け合いながら人間として一体化して完成するということなのです。この思想は、そもそも農民が穀物の不作の際、防御手段として互いを助け合うことから生まれたようです。この「ウブントゥ」に心当たりがありませんか。そうです。「おもてなし」そのものです。四国八十八箇所の寺を巡礼するお遍路さんに地域の人がお茶、お菓子、わずかではありますが、お金さえも渡し無事に巡礼を終えられるようにもてなしをする習慣が今でも残っています。他人を思い一歩踏み出せば、その先には、人間の絆がさらに深まることになるのです。今のような多難な時代にこそ、この助け合う精神を発揮すべきではないでしょうか。生徒の皆さんも困っているお友達を見かけたら、気持ちよく心を開いてあげましょう。


Have you ever heard of the term “Ubuntu” from South Africa? It speaks to the fact that we are all connected, and that one can only grow and progress through the growth and progression of others.
Nelson Mandela, the country’s first black head of state who dismantled apartheid, once said: “A traveler through a country would stop in at a village and he wouldn’t have to ask for food or water. Once he stopped, the people would give him food and entertain him.” That is what Ubuntu is all about. It implies that everyone has different skills and strengths; people are not isolated and through mutual support, they can help each other to complete themselves. This idea of socialism might have come from agrarian people as a hedge against the crop failures of individuals.
Doesn’t that ring a bell with you? In Japan, there is a similar philosophy to Ubuntu, “Omotenashi”( hospitality) coming from Henro( pilgrimage) culture on Shikoku island. Local people offer tea, cookies, or a small amount of money to entertain religious people who make their pilgrimage to the eighty eight temples in Shikoku. Walk in others’ shoes and subsequently human bonding will be further strengthened. This idea will be food for thought when we face difficulties in life.




需要が高まっている宇宙開発事業にこれからの若い人たちが今後どうかかわっていけるのかを想像したことがありますか。空高く見上げるとその先の宇宙空間では、人間が開発した通信機材が動き、国際宇宙ステーションでは人が働いているのです。この未開拓の宇宙開発へのビジネスチャンスは未曾有といえます。高まる需要にあわせ、NASAは役目を終えたスペースシャットルに代えてその業務を民間2社に委託しました。Space X Dragon社とBoeing CST-100社ですが、Space X Dragon社が優れた技術力と再使用できるロケットを使用して従来の半分の価格で提供することにより優位に立っています。
Space X Dragon社は、すでに、複数回、定期貨物を国際宇宙ステーションへ搬送ならびに回収作業をしています。さらに将来ビジョンとして火星などへの宇宙飛行士や旅客を送る計画も持っているそうです。
日本では、やっと堀江貴文さんの率いる民間宇宙会社がロケット発射に成功しましたが、記者会見でSpace X Dragon社に追いつくように努力すると述べています。宇宙産業は始まったばかりですから、皆さんのような優秀な生徒さんが宇宙開発分野にも携わる日が近い将来来るのではないでしょうか。


Have you ever wondered how you can contribute to our ever-growing need for space exploration? Let’s look high up in the sky and imagine that something you have helped to create is up there somewhere. The opportunities in this field are continually growing. As part of this growth, NASA has recently decided to do away with its own space shuttles in order to outsource this service to two different companies. The US selected two private spacecraft companies that take astronauts and cargo supplies to the International Space Station. The Space X Dragon is far ahead of Boeing CST-100 in the field of the Commercial Crew Program.
Space X has delivered cargo to and from the space station multiple times, providing regular cargo resupply missions for NASA. Someday, Space X hopes to use the Dragon to take astronauts and tourists to other destinations, like Mars.
In Japan, the entrepreneur Takafumi Horie said that his aerospace company may soon catch up with industry leaders, such as Space X, in the commercial space business. This aerospace industry is waiting for young hopefuls like you to turn their far-reaching goals into reality.


今からの生徒の必須要件 デジタルリタラシー



Many students are facing entrance examinations. Your efforts will surely pay off, so have confidence in yourselves.
This time, I’d like to talk about what the future holds for you. Do you know about “5G”?
It means the fifth generation of mobile networks. With the emergence of 5G, we will live in an age where we can use the fastest internet, driverless cars and create virtual reality, and so on.
We all know what traditional literacy means. Literacy is the ability to read and write. However, in today’s digital world, being literate isn’t enough anymore. It is important for children to become digitally literate as well.
Digital literacy means being able to understand and use technology well. It relates to the ability to find, use and create information online in a beneficial and useful way for individuals and society. The other side of coin is that we should be fully aware of the dangers and precautions that the use of technology involve. Therefore, as parents, you should use a device that helps to control and monitor your family’s internet use. Most importantly, kids should be familiar with online devices at an early age.



The entrance examination season starts in January and February. Parents and children get nervous during this season. All you have to do is focus on what you have to do. Finding our true calling is highly valued in our culture. It’s this idea of destiny, the idea that we each have one great thing we are meant to do during our time on Earth. We need to figure out what that thing is and devote our lives to it. What if you’re someone who isn’t wired this way? What if there are a lot of different subjects that you’re curious about, and many different things you want to do? There’s nothing wrong with you. If you are this type of the person, embrace your interests. Follow your curiosity down your own road. I believe that everyone is meant to embrace his or her own dream.




The entrance examination season is going to start soon. Apparently, parents and children get nervous during this season. To make you relax, I want to talk about Ikkyu, who is very famous for his wits.
Ikkyu lived until the age of 87, and died in 1481. Some say he was a son of the Emperor who had a relationship with a woman from an anti-Imperial family, and therefore, he was sent away to become a monk. He led a wandering life and refused to take his own temple or even have his own disciples. He was a renowned poet and calligrapher. He is said to have enjoyed fish and sake. Even among Zen monks, who have a history of being strange people, his behavior was considered more than outlandish. On his deathbed, he said, “I don’t want to die.” He might be the black sheep of the family.




It’s already December. It’s very cold. Aren’t you suffering from flu or cold symptoms? Wearing a surgical mask, which makes sense to Japanese as a way to prevent colds, rhinitis and pollen allergies, may seem very odd to foreign visitors. The air is not polluted, but we think it is extremely important to take care of ourselves and prevent contaminating people around us. Personally speaking, I prefer disposable white masks to the black masks that are prevailing among young people today. No worries. Wearing a mask is a vital part of Japanese respiratory hygiene and cough etiquette.





Napoleon Bonaparte was a French military general who crowned himself the first Emperor of France. His Napoleonic Code remains a model for governments worldwide.
When he turned 9, he moved to the French mainland, and enrolled in a religious school in Autun in January, 1779. He began learning French in school at around the age of 10. Although he became fluent in French, he spoke with a distinctive Corsican accent, and never learned how to spell many French words correctly.
Napoleon was routinely bullied by his peers for his accent, birthplace, short stature, mannerisms and inability to speak French fluently. However, an examiner observed that Napoleon has always been distinguished for his knowledge of mathematics. Since he was bullied and ridiculed by his peers, he could have developed a sense of passivity and inferiority. Since then, he seems to have consistently striven for control and power over other people. What I want to say is that the impact of bullying can last a lifetime. The impact of bullying was not only limited to mental health problems, but also extended to poor physical and cognitive health. We have to watch out for any signs of kids bullying other kids in our daily lives.




(毎年10月の第1金曜日を「ワールド・スマイル・ デイ」と定め、世界的に啓蒙活動が行われています。)


Mother Teresa once said, “Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.” We already possess the inherent knowledge that smiling not only feels good, but actually does good. Yet, many of us tend to shy from smiling as often as we ought to. Of course, we all have our own problems to deal with in life, but way too often, we actually choose not to smile when we really should be smiling. The next time you get the opportunity to smile, then, just smile. Smiles are contagious. If you smile, sooner or later that smile may be returned to you

( The first Friday of October is World Smile Day.)




私が学業に身を投じていた頃、アームストロング船長が月面着陸する様子を、テレビにかじりついて見ていました。彼は「1人の人間にとっては小さな一歩だが,人類にとっては 大きな飛躍だ。」と述べたことを鮮明に覚えています。その快挙はもちろんのこと、その様子を同時通訳していた西山千さんの見事な日本語訳に感銘して、私も西山さんのような通訳者になりたいと思い立ち英語を勉強し始めました。西山千さんはアメリカのユタ大学を卒業されていましたが、宇宙飛行士の途切れ途切れ声を拾い、見事な日本語通訳をされました。彼こそ、まさに同時通訳者の草分けでしょう。私は仕事をしながら会議通訳の道を目指して通訳養成教室へ通いました。幸い同時通訳クラスに入りましたが、なかなか大変で全脳力を使い頭が熱くなるのを感じました。簡単に言うと会議の発言を聞き、他の言語で瞬時にタイプしているようなものです。私にとって同時に二つのことをするのは難しいと感じながら、この年齢でも一つのこと、英語の勉強だけは続けようと心がけています。


2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the first humans landing on the Moon in 1969 as part of NASA’s Apollo 11 lunar mission.
Around the time I was still a student, I had my eyes glued to the television as I watched Neil Armstrong’s accomplishment of landing on the moon, in 1969. This was an achievement of a lifetime. He said, “That’s one small step for ( a) man, one giant leap for mankind.” During the broadcast, Sen Nishiyama was simultaneously translating the English into Japanese with great preciseness. Seeing that, I thought to myself that I would like to be able to do the same. Sen Nishiyama graduated from The University of Utah. Mustering disconnected sentences, he made it. He was a pioneer in his field.

After I finished work, I went to a language school to learn to become an interpreter. Being a simultaneous interpreter is really tough. I felt like my head was heating up. It is just like you’re typing in another language while listening to a conference in your native language. I came to realize that juggling two things at the same time is not my thing, but I am fortunate that I am still concentrating on one thing, which is learning English at this age.




Summer has come. It is the best season to enjoy outdoor activities such as mountain climbing or camping. When it comes to camping, you will put out your tent and set a fire. You can cook your dishes or relax watching the stars in the sky. I sometimes wonder why sitting by the fire is so relaxing. Staring at the flickering light may awaken our inner caveman and even causes our blood pressure to drop. This will help us feel at ease.
An anthropologist claims that the reason for the relaxing effect dates back to prehistoric times, when Stone Age men socialized around fires and felt safe and warm while bonding with friends. This love for fire may be deeply ingrained and borne from evolution. Outdoor camping is becoming famous among employees who have paid holidays. When you have time, I suggest that you go camping and relax in nature.



心理学者はミスをする際の脳内メカニズムを研究し、とても興味深いことを発見しました。失敗をすると神経細胞と神経細胞の間に “つなぎ目”を果たしている シナプスが活性化して繋がりができるといいます。難題に挑戦すればするほど脳内成長が促されるのです。また間違いに寛大な学習環境であれば、さらに学習効果が期待できるとも述べています。


Psychologists studied the neural mechanisms that operate in people’s brains when they make mistakes. They discovered something fascinating. When we make a mistake, synapses fire. It shows that the brain sparks and grows when we make a mistake, because it is a time of struggle; the brain becomes challenged, and the challenge results in growth.
They also found that when students perceive their classroom as a mistake-friendly environment, they increase their work efforts.
Mathematicians do not rush through their work. They are actually very slow! With that in mind, let’s get started on mathematics.





“The Journey to the West” is probably the best-known Chinese novel that originally comes from a Chinese monk, Xuanzang’s real adventures. He made a solo 17-year Silk Road journey to bring the Buddhist teachings from India to China. Along the way, he had to cross very difficult terrain, such as the Gobi Desert and the Taklamakan Desert. He must have been so determined to carry out his mission that he was willing to die for it. Without his translations of more than 600 scriptures in 664 AD, we wouldn’t have been able to bring Buddhism to Japan. I don’t recommend you try to accomplish a risky adventure like Xuanzang、however, I believe that where there is a will, there is a way. Focus on what you really want to do and I am sure there is a bright future ahead of you.






Antarctica is a fascinating place. It is the best place to find meteorites. The harsh climate, snow and glaciers act like a freezer, preserving fallen dark rocks, “meteorites”, for millions of years. Scientists are working hard to find and analyze them. Discovering amino acids in an extraterrestrial object could suggest that at least some of the elements necessary for life exist beyond Earth. Some day, advanced technology and continued research will make it possible to discover extra-terrestrial “spices”. If you want to be a scientist, Antarctica may be your best destination.




The flu is spreading quickly throughout Japan. I hope everyone is fine. As you may know, Amazake has been around since the Kofun period (around 250 to 538 AD) mentioned in The Nihon Shoki, or The Chronicles of Japan. Thanks to its health and beauty benefits, it is enjoyed year round. There are numerous benefits of Amazake. It promotes beautiful and healthy skin, aids in weight loss, and increases concentration and ability to sleep, etc. For these reasons, Amazake is referred to as a “super drink” or “drinkable IV drip fluid”. It takes a few days for it to work its magic. The combination of Amazake’s rice mold type and yoghurt is my recommendation. Please give it a try.






A historical figure named Sugawara no Michizane was enshrined so people could venerate his extraordinary virtue as a scholar. Nowadays, many students visit this shrine to express their reverence to the enshrined spirit as the Kami of Learning. Especially during the season of school entrance examinations, young students visit to pray for success in passing examinations, presenting votive tablets called Ema or buying an amulet of the shrine. I hope He is willing to hear the sincere prayer of the humblest students. Legend has it that in November, Shinto’s eight million deities from across Japan gather at Izumo Taisha, in Shimane prefecture, for a meeting. It is for this reason that we usually visit there some day in November and pray for our students’ success in the entrance examinations.






Cleaning is not something that most of us enjoy, or associate with happiness, but studies are increasingly showing that it affects our mood and stress levels. Unfortunately, most of us simply don’t have enough time to dedicate ourselves to the cleaning of our homes or studies. It’s also difficult to motivate ourselves to clean after a long day of work and study. However, messes cause stress and cleaning reduces it a great deal. The solution is to take small amounts of time each day to clean and organize. If possible, music or clapping your hands several times may help you feel at ease. Give it a try.





As you know, Tasuku Honjo became the 26th Japanese Nobel Price winner in 2018. His drug “Opdivo.” is a dream drug for cancer patients. It’s really a great achievement. By the way, do you happen to know the Ig Nobel?
It was the 10th year in a row that Japanese scientists won first prize at the Ig Nobel awards at Harvard University. While there is certainly a humorous side to the nomination, there is also actual science going on. They say, “We welcome improbable research that makes people laugh and then think.” Mr. Horiuchi who won the Ig Nobel in medical education, demonstrating his self-colonoscopy technique during the ceremony, where he pretends to insert a tube through his anus while in the sitting position. As usual, a little girl, a facilitator, showed up and said, “Please stop. I’m bored.” The crowd reacted in unified uproarious laughter at her interruption. Apart from that scene, Japanese scientists are great. I hope young students will follow in their footsteps and make the world better.


バナナや梅干は私達の健康に欠かせません。「全米オープンテニス」の女子シングルスを制覇した大坂なおみ選手や数人の外国選手は試合休憩中バナナを食べていました。横浜DeNAベイスターズに所属するルーキーの東 克樹もベンチに戻るとバナナをモグモグ。いったいバナナの効能はどれほどあるのでしょうか。アメリカのアパラチアン州立大学の研究論文によると試合前、試合中、バナナを食べるとスポーツドリンク同様成果向上ができるそうです。さらに、バナナ成分であるカリウムは熱中症を予防できるそうです。アボガド、パパイヤ、メロン、バナナといった食品に含まれるゴム乳液にアレルギーを起こす少数者を除けば、たいていの方の健康にすばらしい食品です。食欲をコントールしたり、血圧を下げ、骨形成に役立ちますし、大腸癌や食道癌などの消化器癌をも低下させます。受験勉強の合間のひと時にバナナはいかがですか。
A banana and a pickled plum a day make you healthy.
Some tennis players like Naomi Osaka at the US Open eat bananas during breaks Also, I happened to see that Katsuki Azuma, the rookie of the Yokohama DeNA BayStars, eats bananas during breaks. What happens when they eat bananas? Is it better and more effective than sports drink? I was surprised to see that research conduced by Appalachian State University concluded that eating a banana pre-or mid-workout helped to fuel performance as well as sports drinks do. Carbs available in bananas can be converted quickly into energy. Furthermore, potassium can help to prevent dehydration.
For ordinary people, except for a few people with an allergy to latex found in food like avocado, papaya and melon, a banana a day may be good for health. The advantage is that you will be able to control appetite, lower blood pressure, build strong bones and lower digestive cancers such as colorectal cancer and esophageal cancer. How about eating bananas during your study breaks at night?


皆さんご存知のように、英語は2020年から小学校必須科目となります。現在、折に触れ外国語助手(assistant language teacher)の手助けを受けることができますが、ほぼ小学校担任によってのみ英語が指導されているのが実情です。2015年の調査ですが、小学校教員の4.9%しか英語指導の免許を持っていません。一方で、それ以外の教員95,1%は無免許状態です。このような中、政府が考える英語能力の向上が実際できるのでしょうか。私案で恐縮ですが、まず外国語助手を正規の指導者とし、英語能力(英検準1級レベル以上)の日本人高齢者を外国語ボランティアとして小学校で英語指導するのはいかがでしょうか。授業前に十分な検討がなされた上で指導しますから極めて有効です。または英語圏との姉妹都市縁組をして児童ならびに教師を二~三ヶ月、ホームステイしてもらい学校授業に参加してもらうこともできなくはないでしょう。子供の語学吸収力はすばらしいものがあると思います。本気で小学生から英語を指導するのであれば、国・地方自治体の大胆な予算計上は必要不可欠ではないでしょうか。


As you know, English will become a required subject for elementary school kids in 2020. I wonder who will teach these English classes. In Japanese schools, English classes are usually run by a Japanese teacher, while in some cases, they have an English-speaker as an assistant. It is safe to say there is a lack of skilled teachers. In 2015, only 4.9 percent of elementary school teachers were licensed to teach English. The rest of them can’t teach English properly. What is the best way to improve kids’ English ability? First of all, how about recruiting elderly Japanese volunteers who have a good command of English as assistants, along with native English assistant language teachers who would run the class? Another idea is to introduce a sister school partnership. The kids and teachers from the countries where English is recognized as an official language can come to Japan for a two to three month homestay. When it comes to daily conversation, kids are fast learners. This would be much better and more efficient for kids to improve their language skills. In this regard, we will need to ask for a far bigger budget to be allocated to this project.





Adrenaline is a miraculous hormone. Your body releases varying amounts of adrenaline in different situations. When you are caught in a traffic accident and become seriously injured, you release lots of adrenaline. It masks the pain, but your injury and the pain it caused will return once adrenaline rush has subsided. Even when you are in a less serious situation, your body releases smaller amounts of adrenaline. This can focus your attention, but once the adrenaline leaves you, your mind will start to wander.
So, take a break or take a deep breath and clear your mind.


逆境に負けず幸せになれるコツ、「AQ(逆境指数)」 子供を育てる逆境指数とは



“Adversity Quotient”, by Dr. Paul Stoltz, is a gauge to measure how you respond and deal with challenges and adversities that so often catch us totally off guard and unprepared. Simply said,it is a matter of trial and error.
For example, by allowing your children to demonstrate their own will, they will learn many things. They have trouble carrying several toys at once, or getting a piece of a puzzle to fit. The more they think, become frustrated, and try out different ways of doing things, the more they become an ‘expert’ at figuring things out on their own. Can you let your children think, while you step back and cheer from the sidelines? This is a very important way to help them learn to be resilient. Throughout childhood, parents have many chances to prepare kids to take care of themselves. Patience definitely pays off at the end of day.



ある児童の中には算数と国語に格段に秀でていることがあります。たまたまではなく、実は頭を使って計算したり, 黙読をしているのです。そろばんはアジア圏で何百年も使用されて来ました。電子計算機が普及していますが、そろばんは実用性という観点から今日まで生き残っています。脳力アップのために、これ以上のいいものはないかもしれません。生徒が試験用紙に向って葛藤しているとき、そろばんを習ったことのある生徒は頭の中でスピーディに簡単に、しかも正確に答えることができます。同様に世界的に普及してきた読み書き・計算に特化した民間教育も学びやすく、あまりお金もかからず脳の活性化を促すことができます。受験前の段階として頭で計算したり、黙読のできる生徒さんの高学力と志望校合格には密接な関連性があるように思います。


Some kids outsmart others in math and reading. They are calculating things and thinking in their brains. The abacus has been a tool of choice for math calculation in Asia for hundreds of years. It has survived because it works so well. It works even more so as a tool to develop and enhance the brain. While ordinary students toil with math calculations on paper, students who learned how to use the abacus can pass tests much earlier and with more accuracy. Not to mention, reading skills improve as well. The same thing can be said of another internationally-famed organization which has a long-term academic enrichment program engineered to help students build a solid foundation in math and reading. They are easy to learn, cost effective, and research proves they enhance many different areas of the brain. At an early stage before going to night schools, most kids who are calculating in their brains prove to make a huge progress in their academic achievements later on.





I wonder how athletes push their bodies beyond their physical limits. Visual Rehearsal and Visualization work far better than we might think. Athletes were asked to run their races in their minds only. They were then hooked up to a biofeedback machine which showed that the same muscles fired in the same sequence as when they were running on the track. The results were significant. It revealed that the mind cannot distinguish between the real world and the imaginary one. The end result of using Visual Rehearsal and Visualization as a part of the training program is an increase in physical efficiency.

The athlete should visualize and kinesthetically feel the image. So, if a sprinter is visualizing his race, he should also sense his feet against the starting blocks, feel the texture of the track, hear the anticipation of the spectators as they wait for the starting pistol. The more real the visualization becomes, the more the mind finds it difficult to distinguish between the images and the real world. The theory is that effective visualization leads to real world success. Young people like you facing exams should also visualize that you will surely pass a test and enjoy your school life, therefore you know what you need to focus on. Let’s give it a go, shall we?



グローバリゼイションとは社会的・ 経済的に国や地域を越えて世界規模で結びつきが深まり、人々を今まで以上に密接なつながりをもたらせます。それ故、今、新時代に合う日本の新しい「学校づくり」の計画が続々と立ち上がっているのです。教師指導型から生徒主導の学習やテーマ別の学習法に向けて動きが出ています。その一環として来年2019年4月に開校予定の広島の公立中高一貫校「The Hiroshima Global Academy」を拝見してみましょう。新しいカリキュラムの目玉は、生徒それぞれが自分のプロジェクトを持って研究を進めていくということで生徒が主役としてチャレンジし、教師は促進者となります。その他大きな二つの特徴は全寮制、段階的英語授業(高校からは完全に英語のみ)となっています。これは、「P21フレームワーク」と呼ばれるアメリカやヨーロッパで一斉に取り入れられているグローバルな新しい教育指導法です。その同一基準でこの学校でも指導運営されます。この新教育制度が広島で根を張るには数年かかりますが、少なくとも著名な私立・公立進学校にはよい刺激になるのではないでしょうか。


Globalization is an ongoing phenomenon linking people, cities, and countries much more closely together than before. That’s why reshaping the educational system in Japan is vital. Official instructions have been changing towards competency-based learning and project-based learning. Let’s take a look at one of the most innovative schools, “The Hiroshima Global Academy” an international public school, which  is set to open in 2019. The new curriculum will focus on “project-based learning” which encourages the students to solve real-life problems in their community. This new method gives more autonomy to students who become agents of their own learning. In addition, all the students are required to live in school dormitories and communicate in English, depending on their grades at school. This method is aligned with the P21  framework that has been used in the U.S. and abroad to put 21st century skills at the center of learning. It may take a few years to see whether or not it will take root in the Japanese education system. However, this school sets an example for competent private and public schools.


ひらめきはいつ起こると思いますか。とても忙しい毎日ですが、斬新なアイデアを思いつく必要性があるときもあります。今やっている勉強をいったんやめ休憩してみるのはいかがでしょうか。リラックスすること、例えば、シャワーを浴びたり、散歩をしたりすることが閃きに極めて重要なのです。歴史上の多くの偉大なアイデアは気楽に過ごしている瞬間に湧き出てくることが多いからなのです。ご承知のように、古代ギリシアの数学者・発明者であるアルキメデスは風呂に入っているとき、ひらめき、その際「エウレカ」という言葉を残しました。また、りんごの木の下でニュートンが万有引力の法則を閃いたとり、サーフィンをしていて思いついた『GoPro』の創業者であるニック・ウッドマンや、社会起業家 ブレイク・マイコスキーは.アルゼンチンを旅行中、裸足で生活する子供たちを見て救いたいという気持ちで会社を立ち上げ、大成功した例など数え上げるときりがありません。従って、机上だけではすばらしいアイデアは生まれないものなのでしょう。あなたが、気を緩め、リラックス状態にすれば、あなたの脳の前頭前皮質の活動が鈍くなります。その代わりにデフォルトネットワークが活発に動き、ドーパミンが放出され、アルファー波が放出されるのです。この三種がマックスになった瞬間に前例のないアイデアが生まれると言われています。ぜひリラックスする時間を作りましょう。


When do you think a flash of ideas comes to you? You have a lot on your plate. Moreover, you are being encouraged to come up with a brilliant idea. Then, why don’t you step away from what you are doing ? This is where so many great ideas in history have occurred, from Archimedes’ original “Eureka!” moment in the bath, to Newton sitting under the apple tree, to GoPro founder Nick Woodman having his ideas while surfing, and TOMs founder Blake Mycoskie becoming inspired while on a trip in Argentina. Their breakthrough ideas didn’t come while they were sitting at a desk looking for the answers. A flash of ideas came when they were taking a break. If you’re distracted, relaxed, your prefrontal cortex loses its power as your default network switches on, your dopamine supplies surge, and your alpha waves roll. This moment creates a perfect idea. Give it a try.




Everyone, including adults and children are likely to leave things until the last minute. At the last minute, they tend to get cracking and make an all-out effort to achieve their deadline. I feel it is wiser to prepare well in advance of the event. In a sense, preparation is the distinguishing factor that separates winners from losers. Winners prepare meticulously and are, thus, ready to handle any challenges that come their way. For instance, I usually get things done earlier than the deadline. If not, I feel a lingering uneasiness. For the students who take an exam, I hope you won’t leave it, so show some initiative, and be prepared. There’s a saying that opportunity is where luck meets preparation.





Evidence of the cultivation of chestnuts by man can be found in Europe since around 2,000 BC. It was Alexander the Great and the Romans who planted chestnut trees across Europe. Ancient Greeks regarded chestnuts as their medicine. To the early Christians, chestnuts symbolized chastity. Historically speaking, chestnuts are believed to be miraculous for mankind. In China, chestnuts have been viewed as crops bringing good omens. People sew dried chestnuts into the hem of their granddaughter’s bridal dresses. They also like to pack chestnuts into the boxes of clothes to be taken to a bride’s new home. They want to assure an early and easy childbirth. In Japan, chestnuts have also been used as good omens. They were called, “engi wo katsugu” which means, “bring good luck”. In the period of warring states, chestnuts that served at the ceremony to go into battle was seen as a lucky food because dried chestnuts made them think of victory. Even now, at the time of entrance examination, we give students chestnuts as good-luck charms. It would be in the best interest of students if lucky charms really eased uneasiness, and motivated them to do well during their examinations.
There is always light behind the clouds.





I feel that sometimes in our lives, our many memories ready to surface to be explored, and thinking and writing about them is very healing for us! It’s great!
People like music. Though music has no intrinsic value, people feel better when they hear something they like. Probably what kind of music you like depends on what you have heard and enjoyed in the past.
It is an interesting note that the first kind of music was drumming. It was a natural rhythm for dancing or entering hypnotic states, which can make humans feel happy and full of enjoyment. Scientists say that life is based on rhythm. The physiological and biological functions in the human body are rhythmic. Walking, talking, heartbeats and mental thinking are all built on having a regular rhythm. As human beings, we get rhythm at an early age among other things. That’s why we are fond of music. If you are pretty into music, how you define music is up to you.



日本では九九を小学校で習いますが、これは比較的簡単ですよ。イギリスでは生徒の数字の弱さが常時ニュースで取り上げられ、とりわけ政治家は数学の苦手意識撲滅を旗印に子供達には12段の12×12=144まで暗記することを命じています。1971年、ポンドは今10進法になって1ポンド=100 ペンスですが、それ以前は1ポンド=20シリング、1シリング=12ペンスだったことから今も指導されています。その理由として数字パターンを磨き算数に強くなるためとしています。12進法と20進法が混ざった通貨の名残なのでしょうね。それぞれお国事情があり興味深いですね。


In Japan, every kid has to learn their nine times table while in primary school. It is a walk in the park. However, in England, the state of pupils’ innumeracy is always in the news, and in particular, politicians have pledged that every child in England will know their 12 times table before they leave primary school as part of a “war on innumeracy”. They argue that there is still a case for learning 12 times table, even though there are no longer 12 pence in a shilling; however, the reason for doing this is to discover patterns and build confidence in handling numbers. It is interesting to know each country has their own multiplication system.




This is breaking news for medical operations. Japanese doctors say that they have completed the world’s first live lung transplant which involved dividing a part of a mother’s lung into units small enough to keep functioning in her 2-year-old son’s body. Doctors at Okayama University HospitalBecause an adult’s lung would be too large for the toddler, the lower lobe of the mother’s left lung was divided into the smallest units possible for them to keep functioning.

Doctors say that they transplanted the segments on August 31st and that the boy is now breathing on his own.
The hospital reported that the transplant is the first in the world involving such small lung units and that the boy is Japan’s youngest lung transplant recipient to date.
The doctor who conducted the surgery, says that the transplant offers a ray of hope for even younger children needing lung transplants.






September has kicked off. School is back in session and it is the best season to study. By the way, do you happen to know coal stoves were used in the classrooms about 50 years ago. The cheap coal is becoming a serious issue as pollutants to our environment.

There are plans to construct more than 40 coal-fired power generators in Japan. As you may know, following the outbreak of the Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant crisis in 2011, safety measures for building and operating nuclear reactors have been tightened, making it difficult for construction of nuclear reactors to be given the go-ahead. In contrast to this, coal is relatively cheap even when compared to other fossil fuels, so coal-fired power plants can generate power at low cost. The common argument by power companies is that the newest coal-fired thermal generators have high power-generation efficiency, and therefore pose no problems to the environment, but such generators still emit some degree of C02 into the atmosphere. The Environment Minister is calling on power companies to reconsider their plans, and many European countries have plans to ban coal-fired power altogether. With the U.S. being the only exception, the world is seeing a trend toward phasing out coal use, with financial institutions abroad divesting from coal-related industries. Electronic companies should think twice before they invite misfortunes. This is simply because it will be all for the best in the end.



私はアマゾンプライムなどでアメリカ映画をよく観て楽しんでいます。「The Agent」という映画で学ぶべきことがありましたので書いてみました。有能なスポーツ・エージェントのジェリー・マグワイアは、高価な年俸のみを追求する会社の方針に疑問を持ち、是正書を提出しましたが、それが災いとなり、あっさりとクビになってしまいます。彼に好意を抱き、彼の提案書にも共感をする同僚だったシングルマザー、ドロシ-(後にジェリー・マグワイアと恋愛結婚をする)と共に会社を立ち上げ、仕事の成功のために努力していきますが、資金は底をつき、その中で「本当に重要なものは何か」を追い求めていくのです。その映画の中の最後のせりふで「俺にはすべて回答できるわけではないが、正直、人生では成功と同じ数の失敗をしてきた。しかし妻を愛し、自分の生き方を愛してきた。そして最後には成功した。皆がこのようになれることを願う」と。東洋哲学にも「人生失敗8割、成功2割」という言葉があり、数多く失敗するからこそ成功という高みを達するという万国共通の真実でありましょう。飛躍ために、多くの失敗体験から大いに学びましょう。


I am having a lot of fun watching American movies. Let me tell you a little about “The Agent”, made in 1996. When a sports agent has a moral epiphany and is fired for expressing this epiphany, he decides to put his new philosophy to the test as an independent agent with the only athlete who stays with him and his former secretary. They come to know what is important to them.
I like this part of the film very much. “Hey, I don’t have all the answers. In life, to be honest, I failed as much as I have succeeded. However, I love my wife. I love my life. And I wish you my kind of success.” This reminds me of the eastern philosophy that 8 failures in 10 trials have led me to where I’m at today. Success always comes after failure.





Usually bicycles are only ridden for short distances, rarely further than the nearest station and at a speed not much more than walking pace. In Japan bicycles are just a practical means of transport, not a fashion accessory or a keep-fit device. However, I often see some serious cyclists in Japan, who commute long-distances on state-of-the-art race bikes or who go racing on the weekend even though they’re a small minority. I am always impressed with their muscular thighs. It is often pointed out that people with muscular thighs have a lower risk of heart disease and premature death. Since I am not a serious cyclist, I should walk a lot more to strengthen my thighs. I hope you will do the same in any way you can.





“Oh my god, I have almost hit a pedestrian!” When you were driving your car, you might have experienced this type of danger. William Herbert Heinrich published groundbreaking theories about health and safety in the workplace. One such theory became known as Heinrich’s Law: that for every accident that causes a major injury(1), there are (29 )accidents that cause minor injuries and( 300 ) accidents that cause no injuries at all. Because many accidents share common root causes, addressing more commonplace accidents that cause no injuries can help prevent accidents that do cause injuries.
Once action has been taken, future observations can then validate the effectiveness of the intervention.

歴史の勉強 ユダヤ人救出




Chiune Sugihara was a Japanese consul in Lithuania in 1940. He risked his career to save 6,000 Jews at the beginning of World War II. He gave Jews entry visas; this was against the orders of the Japanese government. Because of his actions, he lost his job and the trust of much of Japanese society. However, faced with the hundreds of desperate Jews lined up outside the consulate, he followed his conscience and sent them to safety. He was fired due to this misdeed, but Jewish society honored him and his wife as “Righteous Gentiles” in 1985. This is what benevolence is all about.




The power of simply talking to babies is enormous.
First, don’t just read them a book but ask them about the pictures. Turn off the radio in the car and talk about where you’re going. Describe the colors when dressing a tot, and pause to give them a chance to babble back.
Results show that doing these things has positive results in two-thirds of participating families. Children who started hearing an average of 8,000 words a day were averaging 12,000 a day by the time the coaching ended. Let’s talk to kids. I am sure you can make a big difference in their lives by the time they begin kindergarten.




Hay fever season has recently begun in western Japan, as of February. The cedar trees are in bloom. They had been planted nationwide, but the logging industry has sharply waned due to cheaper lumber imports. Nearly 26 percent of the population, mainly city dwellers, are believed to suffer greatly from cedar pollen, since it is air-borne. City dwellers are more prone to suffer from it, partially because of the worsening vehicle exhaust situation, as well as the paved roads. There are no quick remedies for this situation. I feel sorry for people who are allergic to pollen. Me? Thank God, my body has grown immune to it due to a lot of exposure over time.




If the world’s seas and oceans were a national economy, how much would they be worth?
They are around $24 trillion according to the World Wildlife Foundation (WWF) in a report on May 2015, making it the world’s seventh largest economy. The group drew up the research with the help of the Boston Consulting Group and the Global Change Institute in Australia.
The report aims to make policy makers and business leaders view the sea as a common investment. This technique of auditing nature in financial terms is known as “natural capital”. It has been used extensively in global health checks. However, there are questions as to how accurate such figures can be when applied to nature, and calculated on this grand scale.
Furthermore, is monetary value really the best way to measure nature’s importance to the planet, and the environment that sustains us? The study is noteworthy, but the oceans make up 70 percent of the Earth’s surface world so they are definitely the mother of this earth. I believe it is immeasurable and indispensable for all human beings and living creatures.








さて、昨年、理化学研究所が人工的に合成した原子番号113番のニホニウム(英: nihonium)が新元素として国際的に認定される見通しになりましたね。中学校へ行けば元素記号を覚えますが、今回の日本人発見113番元素記号ニホニウムを知れば、科学にもっと興味が湧くのではないでしょうか。アジアによる新元素の発見はこれが初めてとなります。1秒間に2.5兆個の亜鉛ビームを80日間続けてビスマスに向かって撃ち込み、1700京(1.7×1019)回の衝突を起こした中から、たった1原子の元素113(質量数278)を検出したといいます。気が遠くなるようなスピードです。間違いなくノーベル賞に匹敵する発見でしょうね。




The State-backed Riken science research institute started the project to discover element 113 in September 2003. At last they found Nihonium (Nh) which is a synthetically made element, specifically radioactive metal. They created Nh three times, in 2004, 2005 and 2012, to secure the naming rights.

Students study the periodic table when they go to junior high school. If they find an element that was discovered by a Japanese research group, I believe that would make them more interested in science. The discovery was the first of its kind in not only Japan, but also in Asia. The element has been created using a cold fusion reaction between a bismuth-209 target and zinc-70 ions. This discovery must be worthy of a Nobel Prize Award.





坂村真民 人生の詩、一念の言葉

愛媛県で一生涯を終えた詩人坂村真民先生は波乱万丈の人生を送られたように思います。65歳で教員退職後、詩歌に没頭しました。いつも夜0時に起床し3時30分までの間、愛媛県松山の重信川の石に額を乗せ祈り続けました。坂村先生は、仏教徒であり詩人でもありました。仏教精神を基調とした詩の創作を行い、彼の信奉者にヒーリングパワーと勇気を与えてくれました。平成18年に97歳でお亡くなりましたが、没後、作品はますます脚光を浴びるようになりました。もっとも有名な詩は「念ずれば花開く」です。私が好きな詩は二つあります。「病がまた一つの世界を開いてくれた 桃咲く」「堂訓 自分の病気は自分で治せ 自分の幸福は自分で開け 自分の運命は自分で開け 捨て切ってしまえば 無限の力の湧出することを知れ 全力を尽くし為すべきことを為し あとは神仏に任せよ」心にしみます。


Shinmin Sakamura had many ups and downs in his life. He devoted himself to poetry after retiring at the age of 65. He usually got up at midnight and prayed till 3:30AM at the Shoigenobu river, placing his forehead on his own stone. He is a Buddhist and poet whose work healing his followers, and gave them courage. He passed away at the age of 97. “Pray, and any flower of yours will come out ” is the most famous among all his poems. My favorite poems contain the lines: “Suffering from an illness brings about another new perspective to your life.”” Do your best. You should find a way to cure your illness. You should find your happiness on your own. You should explore your destiny. You should learn to devote yourself to solving your own problems. After that, you can leave everything in God’s hands.”






I usually listen to a radio station out of Seattle. There was a program about David, a retired dairy farmer, who has gained a growing reputation for nurturing orphaned moose, allowing them to reach maturity and live within a protected preserve. These animals are living as they would in the wild. However, state laws prohibit the rehabilitation of a wild animal for over three days and also forbid the confinement of wild animals. He is vehement in his belief that there’s a higher moral purpose to be served. Will the State reconsider and allow David’s practice to exist or will these animals be condemned to death?






Have you ever noticed how people instinctively flip their heads back (almost leaning backwards) when someone comes up directly into their face? You can’t get a fix on a person’s face if he or she is right up against you. Personal space may vary in size for an individual depending on the situation, his or her emotional state, gender, and the relationship with the other person. We stand closer to people whom we like. Sometimes people erect actual boundaries to stake claim to their personal space. Leaving an “occupied” sign on an airplane seat, draping a coat over the back of a chair in a restaurant, arranging a towel and sunscreen on a hotel poolside lounge, or spreading books at a library desk indicate this place is mine, and I will be returning to claim it -so keep off! In fact, most people get pretty peeved if someone deigns to move their markers. “Hey, I was here first!”


People often mark where their territory begins or ends. It is a part of human nature to create and preserve their territories just like national boundaries.






Would you like to eat beer? Two guys at Regrained Brewery realized that the brewing process is very inefficient, because there is a huge amount of leftover grain left after the mashing process. Brewers often compost this material. Therefore, they decided that they could re-purpose these grains into something else, such as nutritional bars. If you expect the bars to taste like beer, you’ll be disappointed, simply because there’re no hops in the bars. However, people say that the bars are delicious and satisfying. It’s a sustainable product, just like “amazake”: a sweet drink made from malted rice. Give it a try.






By the start of primary school, one in 10 kids in England is obese and by the end, it is one in five. Obesity is one of the major health issues among teenagers today. The chancellor has announced that a new sugar tax on the soft drinks industry will be introduced in the UK beginning 2018. The reason is that kids who drink soft drinks tend to have them every day, and some of the drinks are incredibly high in sugar. All the money raised – an estimated £520m a year – will be spent on increasing funding for sports in primary schools. As of now, it is unlikely that Japan will follow in England’s footsteps..

歴史の勉強 グラバー氏

1860年代は長崎に住んでいたスコットランド人貿易商トーマス・グラバー氏にとってかなりの収穫の多い時期でした。幕府討幕を図る尊王派薩摩藩長州藩に艦船や武器を販売し、日本の政治に大きな影響を与え、新橋~横浜間よりも7年も前になる1865年に、彼の尽力により長崎では、彼の名前を取って「アイアン・デューク号」という蒸気機関車が人を乗せて走っていたのです。また人材育成にも力を入れ、長州藩から5名、続いて1865年薩摩藩から15名の 若き志士たちを 英国へ渡らせ勉学に励ませました。またグラバー氏は三菱設立にも、醸造業キリンにも多大な貢献をしました。まさに彼抜きにして日本の近代化はなかったといえます。もしグラバー氏が存命ならば、最近発覚した三菱のデーター改ざん問題に対してどう考えるでしょうかね。


The 1860s were a period of considerable success for Thomas Blake Glover, a Scottish merchant who lived in Nagasaki. He started by trading in ships and arms to a number of rebellious clans opposed to the established regime in Japan. In 1865, he introduced the 1st steam locomotive ever seen in Japan, the “Iron Duke”, and by 1868 he was influential enough to play a part in the downfall of the Tokugawa Shogunate during the Meiji Restoration. To help some talented Japanese expand their viewpoints, Glover helped the Choshu Five travel to London on Jardine Matheson ships and helped send fifteen trainees from Satsuma in 1865. Glover played a crucial role in modernizing Japan and establishing the Mitsubishi Corporation of Japan and Kirin Brewery Company. He should definitely be considered one of the founding father’s of the Meiji Restoration. If he was still around, how do you think that he would react to Mitsubishi’s scandal over rigging of its fuel efficiency data?