Hideo Okubo (Founder and Special Supervisor)
January 07, 2011
In Japan, more than 30,000 people commit suicide every year. Why does Japan have the highest suicide rate when it is among the world’s richest countries? Many people are killed in wars, and so many children die of starvation and disease, without the opportunity of education. The majority of the Japanese population seem to take peace for granted, and remain unaware. We have to open our eyes and look more closely at these global social issues. We sincerely hope that the “United For Peace Film Festival,” will contribute to this aim.
Profile: Chairman and CEO, Forval Corporation, Special Advisor to the Tokyo Chamber of Commerce, Chairman of the CIESF Foundation, Chairman of NPO Powerful Japan. Author of “CEO Power – Eight steps to greater success”, among other books.
During the 20th century, humanity experienced two major wars. Following the end of the Cold War, it seemed that world peace could finally be possible. However, according to statistics, between 1989 and 2007, 89 countries around the world were involved in at least one armed conflict.
(Source: Uppsala Conflict Data Program)
In many places around the world, wars are still happening right now, spreading further hatred and sorrow. What a tragic and deplorable situation.
People cause harm to others. But who wants to live that way? Where are those that want to wage war, who are they? Which parent wants to send their child in to battle?
I assume that we all want to live together in peace, and that we share that common feeling.
So, let’s take action. To keep the peace, we need to realize peace.
Please don’t say, “that’s nothing to do with me”, because wherever you are in the world, we are interconnected and depend on each other.
Please don’t sigh and say, “there’s nothing I can do about it”, because you can do something. Each and every one of us is a part of this world, and to contribute to change we all need act together. Let’s change the world through the power of film.
Founder/Representative Director, UNITED FOR PEACE FILM FESTIVAL