I am sending you the text of my speech made at the Fuji Declaration Symposium held at the UN University on 12 May.
I have attached some photos taken on that occasion.
It is ecouraging to note that newly established maternal organizations
like gRising Wemen,Rising Worldhof Ms. Scilla Elworthty and gthe Soul
of Wemenh of Ms.Masami Saionji allow us to witness the commenced shift
from the current paternal civilization to a maternal one.Wemen will be
playing a major role in achieving the shift of priority from economy to
life,the very lesson of the Fukushima nuclear disaster.
With warmest regards,
Former Japanese Ambassador to Switzerland
Speech made at the FUJI DECLARATION SYMPOSIUM of May 12, 2017
(Questions by the presenters of the Session 1.
Which qualities typically characterized as gfeminine,h and which
typically characterized as gmasculine,h will be most useful for those
seeking to ignite the divine spark?
- How can we notice when the masculine and feminine are in balance?
- How did you find this balance in yourself?
- How can we join love and power?
- How can the masculine and feminine principles be balanced in leadership?
- How might the power of the Divine Feminine and the strength of the
Divine masculine harmonize to create a higher order of human
In answering your questions, the importance of sensibility needs to be stressed as a feminine quality.
We are enlightened by Charlie Chaplinfs following words expressed in
his film gDictatorh: We think too much and feel too little. More than
machinery, we need humanity; more than cleverness we need kindness and
As for masculine qualities, reason and intelligence are to be mentioned.
We need to bear in mind that these masculine qualities, if not controlled by sensibility could easily lead to egoism.
The frontal lobe of the brain has much to do with sensibility. How can
we develop it ? In this connection, we are reminded of the traditional
Japanese advices to the effect that cherished children should be
encouraged to travel alone and that while young, we should even
purchase troubles. I surmise that using thus our brains could develop
This applies not only to children or the young. We know the effect of setbacks
in onefs life. We obtain caring capacity or sensibility. It is through sharing
with four childrenfs problems that I came to find the balance between the masculine and the feminine.
We can be fully persuaded of the Fuji Declaration pleading for a more
spiritual and harmonious civilization when we face the sad fact that
millions of people are on the brink of dying of hunger in this
apparently wealthy but troubled world.
It is in this spirit that I have long been asserting that it is time to
build a new civilization based on ethics and solidarity, respectful of
the environment and the interests of future generations.
Today's material civilization is based on greed, which is now
threatening the future of mankind and the globe. The prevailing
supremacy of the economy has eroded the ethics of the present
generation. Here we are reminded of the importance of "contentment."
This is in line with the teaching advocated by spiritual leaders that
happiness equals wealth divided by desire. In this numerical formula,
desire is a denominator and wealth a nominator.
In this connection, we are enlightened by Mahatma Gandhifs words to the
effect that the earth can provide for everyonefs need, but not for
The co-existence of diverse cultures and civilizations as well as
various religions has become a problem of great challenge for the
world. Cultural exchanges could be the key to resolving conflicts.
Human happiness cannot be considered without culture. The counterattack
of culture against the supremacy of economy to restore humanity is
In this process, we should note the striking difference between
paternal and maternal cultures. The former values competition and
strength, whereas the latter attaches importance to harmony and
compassion for the weak. There is a need to strike a balance between
the two cultures. Maternal way of thinking is indispensable to secure
world peace. It is encouraging to note that the shift from the current
paternal civilization to a maternal one has already started.
In this respect, Japan, having conserved maternal culture, and having
experienced Hiroshima, Nagasaki and Fukushima, has the historic mission
to contribute to the realization of true denuclearization.@It is in
that the holding of a UN Ethics Summit that will create an
International Day for Global Ethics is ardently awaited. The World
Federation of UNESCO Clubs and AssociationsiWFUCAjdecided in March,
2013 to make 3/11, an International Day for Global Ethics.
Plato of Ancient Greece said gAll kings should be philosophers,
otherwise the miseries of mankind will not disappearh. I believe in the
will of heavens and the earth. It is the law of history researched by
It has witnessed the rise and fall of numerous civilizations. It does
not allow immorality to last long. It puts an end to all dictatorships.
It sees to it that the end of the arrogant is inevitable. It allows us
to have hope for the future of humankind and the planet earth.