Some in the international community observe that Japan has the role of a mother to the other nations of the world. If that is true, then this nation should play a leading role in creating a culture of multi-ethnic coexistence that affirms that we are all one family with a shared spiritual heritage and shared destiny.
This is also an important domestic priority. For most of Japan’s history, it has had relatively little influence from other peoples and religions.But today the situation is very different. More than two million foreign residents live permanently in Japan, and the number is growing all time.
Already Japan has taken steps in this direction to realize the culture of peace. During my travels to the developing regions of the world, I have seen Japanese financial and technical aid playing a vital role in building up these countries. I have also had the privilege to work with many wonderful Japanese volunteers who carry the trademark traits of hard work and commitment. Japan has invested its people and resources into its global family.
Japan has recently faced many trials, including the most recent natural disasters. The world’s response shows that her investment in the world is not unnoticed. The world came to her aid, just as she invested in it.
I pray that Japan continues to become a model nation that spreads the culture of peace throughout the world.