Sunday, April 9, 2017

‘I could not let go of a cultish, rightist school’~City council member reveals dubious Moritomo ordeal

“I am stunned to see how the case has attracted so much attention,” said KIMURA Makoto, a Toyonaka city council member (see photo) who triggered the Moritomo Gakuen School ordeal, during the protest at the Diet on March 30. The protest calls for pursuit of the Moritomo case and resignation of Abe administration every Thursday. With about 500 people in the crowd, lawmakers from Minshin, the Communist and Social Democratic parties demanded that the parliament pursuit the truth behind the suspicious dealings behind the Moritomo school. “I knew a gross teaching of Tsukamoto kindergarten, where they made students recite the Imperial Rescript on Education,” Kimura said. “It came out of my genuine wish to ‘crush’ the plan to build the elementary school in our city of Toyonaka. I could not let go of the plan to build a cultish, right-wing school in my city. I don’t agree with ‘sontaku’ to make a decision through assuming best of what someone higher up wishes. If there was a political pressure gestured, that is not considered, ‘sontaku.’ We need to examine where the pressure came from and must speak louder in demand for Abe’s resignation.” (By M)



‘I cannot forgive that as a human being’~protest to demand reinstatement of workers at Sanken Electric Co, South Korea

Even in the cold rain of March, roughly 200 people gathered at a park in Niiza City, Saitama Prefecture, near Sanken Electric Co headquarters. They were to launch a regular protest to demand reinstatement of the South Korean workers who were dismissed from the company’s production department last September. It’s been 160 days since the three union representatives came to Japan, where their company’s headquarters is based, to demand reinstatement.
 Many Japanese unions and local residents also joined the March 26 protest in the struggles of their Korean counterparts. “People in the community know the struggles of the Sanken workers who appeal to them at Shiki Station every day. While we have gained more supports, we also hear people say that we should stand with Japanese workers rather than Koreans. When I hear people say this to me, I always tell them, ‘I want to say that I am a human being before I am Japanese,’” a local resident who’s supported the struggles spoke at the rally.
 The protesters chanted slogans to demand withdrawal of restructuring and reinstatement of the 34 workers before they set out for a demonstration around Shiki Station. (By ARIMORI Akane)