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Made in New Japan - we are building a new future

 
3月11日にはJapan TimesとDaily Yomiuriの英字紙を買ったのですが、今朝ようやく開いて読んでみました(汗)どちらも予想通り震災の特集を組んでいたので、じっくり読んでいろいろなことを学んでいくつもりです。



Japan Timesで目を引いたのは上記動画でも取り上げられている日本政府の全面広告でした。Produced by The Japan Timesとありますので、英語版作成にはJapan Timesが関わったようで、特設サイトもできています。

MADE IN NEW JAPAN
Two years after the 2011 disaster, we are building a new future.

安部首相も以下のようなメッセージを載せていました。より良く立ち直っているんだというアピールは元気づけられます。

Hello, I'm Shinzo Abe.
Two years have passed since the earthquake of 3/11. Shortly after the disaster,
I was in a small village called Watari. Nothing remained but debris.

I was stunned.
I was speechless.

During those challenging months, many people shed not only sweat but also tears for the victims.
I can’t express enough how thankful I still am for all the help you gave us.

Today, I am pleased to make an announcement: The people who suffered tremendously
have not lost hope. In Watari, the strawberry farmers have recovered, rising to new heights.
I ate their product, those big and red strawberries.
They were delicious. Indeed, they may even be tastier, as the fruit is now being grown
under newly installed precision temperature control, a cutting-edge technology.

This is the new Japan: The result of peoples’ resolve plus advanced knowledge.
A country that faced up to a taxing and unimaginable challenge has been reborn.
The nation once helped by your goodwill now stands at the cusp of a new future.

Please join us as we journey into this new future. The New Japan.

下記が紹介されている取り組みなのですが、昨日紹介させていただいた伊東豊雄さんの「みんなの家」もありますね。

(1) ICT + Strawberries
Strawberry farms that were destroyed by the tsunami were re-innovated with the ground-breaking Information Technology.

(2) Resilient ITS
Transportation technology that has helped rebuild devastated areas by collecting traveling data from vehicles.

(3) Home-for-All
A space where disaster victims were able to freely gather and discuss their plans for the future.

(4) Bio Bank
Unlocking the future of medicine through a bio bank that combines medical knowledge with individual gene variation.

(5) Crafts Renaissance Project “WAO”
Collaboration between superior craftsmanship techniques and modern design to create new traditional crafts.

(6) Smart Community
Making the best use of nature's power, New Japan offers optimal use of energy and lifestyle to the world.

(7) Beyond Tomorrow
A program that helps young survivors expand their perspectives, discover their potentials, and fly ahead into the future.

Coming soonとあった箇所もあるのでこれから紹介される取り組みもあるようです。自分の都合のいい面だけをアピールするというのはよくありませが、今回のように災害から立ち直ろうとしている部分、前向きに頑張っている部分があればどんどん積極的に世界にアピールしていきたいですよね。
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