Finally, I left Colombia and I came back home. But it doesn’t mean that I came back to Japan. I texted my roommate who was living with me last summer and he said I can share his living room with the very small amount of money and I could come back to his house. This is to say, he is my brother without borders and if he says Welcome home, It means it is exactly my home. Then I came back one more time to my home to enjoy the peaceful summer. Yes, that place is called Wreck beach and it is the most peaceful beach in the world.
running down over 500 steps stairs, being naked under the beautiful sun, walking the beach with the sign of portrait and meeting my family.
“Hey, Hiro! Did you come back?”
“Yes, Because I missed my flight to NZ..”
“Oh! shit.. but that’s why you could come back to the beautiful summer.”
“Yes, Also, I came back to meeting you again.”
Friends who I see for the first time in almost one year welcome me as last summer and I was relishing happiness. Because I could understand better what they want to say than last summer, I also began to get to know what their characters are like and I really want to appreciate them again, that they became friends with me last summer, even though I couldn’t speak English at all.
But I have only one thing working while I was enjoying that place and feeling at peace. It is undoubtedly the house of councilors in Japan. The candidate Yohei Miyake who I wrote about in the last post, gives speeches in 3 different places in Tokyo every day, His speech is gaining power and gaining in popularity, he gathers over 20,000 people on his street oratory or a lot of great names like artists, musicians from all over the world who sent him cheerful messages.
But all major media doesn’t report him, the search engine doesn’t raise news about him to a higher, Twitter.ink blocked every different hashtag which he suggests to share every day, and even NHK: Japan Broadcasting Corporation didn’t announce that the house of councilors in Japan will be held on this Sunday on the program of the weekly event, TV even though, everybody pays a license fee.
So, Today I want to try to write about him again. Even though my English is not enough, my knowledge of politics is almost nothing or how many people would read it and agree with me exactly, but I want you to know what he said in his speech exactly and why I got a deep impression from his speech. Well, I try to translate his speech which I got the deepest impression from, in English from now. It is not that I want to conclude that he is right but I just want you to know he is the coolest and funkiest candidate in Japan now and I believe that he is one of the persons who can make this world peaceful.
At first, I want you to watch this video which was viewed more than 200,000 times in a week on the Internet, with English subtitle. Of course, I didn’t translate it and I don’t have good skills like this. But it is exactly what he wants to say to us and also, this is exactly his election style which I was obsessed with his magic and I want you to know it. However, This speech is just the 2nd day of the election campaign and I couldn’t find any different days speech with English subtitle which is gaining power on the internet. So, I want to introduce my several favorite words to you.
今回もう一個、じゃあ公約するよ。 俺たちは、必ず国会で何が起きてるかを、みんなにちゃんと伝える。 そして、政治を「つまらない」って思わせないことを絶対に約束する。 スポーツよりも、相撲よりも、国会がおもしれーって、思わせるよ。 たった50%の人しか選挙に行かないっていうよね。 だけど視聴率50%の番組なんてないよ？ 全国民の半分が行く祭り何てないよ？ だから俺は言いたいんだよ、選挙はフェスだって。 こんなデカいフェスないよ日本に。 そして今回は、今まで来てない残りの1/2の人たちに語りかけたい。 なぜなら、もう政治オタクは入れるとこ大体決まってる。 「あー俺は小沢一郎はキライだ」っていう人。 「いや俺はもう自民党って決めてるから」 「私は絶対共産党」 「民進党は支持できない」 そういう人たちは俺に入れるわけがない。 票割れ票割れ言われてるけど、 俺は票を割りたいんじゃなくて票を増やしたいんだよ。
I will commit one more thing. We are absolutely going to tell you what’s happening in the Diet. And we will promise that we don’t make you bored with politics, make you think that the Diet is more interesting than “sports” and “Sumo” . It is said that only 50 % people head to the election. But there are not any TV programs such a 50% audience share, any festival that half of the whole nation attend. That’s why I want to say that election is the festival. Japan has nothing else such a huge festival. This time, I want to tell 50% people who don’t vote before Because, It’s just about decided which party are political weirdos going to vote . Somebody says “I hate Ichiro Ozawa” “I have already decided to vote Jimin” “I will absolutely vote Kyosan” “I can’t support Minshu” There is no way that such people are going to vote me. I am often said that I disperse the vote which others candidates supposed to have. I don’t want to disperse the vote, want to increase the vote.
Yohei Shirai (Vancouver)
Election Festival Day 8 at JR Kamata station
“The content of the draft for the Revised Constitution is too merciless as a fantastic imagination, I thought that the Japanese and the opposition party struggle jointly don’t allow it. So, I was thinking that It’s none of my business and that the existing opposition party will absolutely stop it. But they were ambiguous. Do they shoulder something? Are there some concessions? or Are they still chicken at a time like this? When I met Taro-kun in around May, He was worn out and he lost one more circles of hair. I have a lot of hair and I won’t ever go bald, but I thought that I have to stand next to him even if I get a perforated stomach. Stand up again, I thought it at the last minute, Every friend gathered with just one email, who make electricity by ourselves with a solar panel and boost me who was a candidate of abandoning nuclear power generation again.”
アメリカにはバーニーサンダース、レッドホットチリペッパーズも先頭に立って応援した、これからの時代はアーティストが政治を語るのがダサい時代じゃなくて、アーティストが政治を語らないのがダサい時代になるんですよ。 僕より政治や政策を詳しく語れる人はまだまだいっぱいいるでしょう。 だけどマイク持った瞬間にそいつの話聞きたくなる。それも政治力じゃないですか？
“Bernie Sanders, Red Hot Chili Peppers took the lead in supporting him. In the future, not that artist talk about politics is lame, but that artist doesn’t talk about politics is lame, such a new era starts here. I know there are a lot of people who can talk about politics and policy more than me. But at the moment taking a mike, making people want to listen, that’s the true political power.”
Translated by Ryota Yamamoto (Vancouver)
This is Japanese election style yo!
I am the funkiest candidate.
Mr. Miyake Yohei.
I refuse to be a part of the war business!!
I am a Japanese.
I refuse to be a part of the war business!!
“This is Japanese election style yo!! I am the funkiest candidate. Mr. Miyake Yohei. I refuse to be a part of the war business!! I am a Japnese. I refuse to be a part of the war business!! Would you let me be the Foreign Minister who declares that we can not be a part of the war business anymore!?”
“How many thousands of years people have been suffering from the government who’s out of control at all? Believe their lies, continue the self-denial again and again. Stop!! Stop the self-denial from now.
You can do!! You can do it!!
Plowing the way through this narrow road and a bush, Taro Yamamoto was in the vanguard of us, I followed him, then a lot of young people who realized that politics is not unfashionable, but it is so cool, or who wants to be a politician, follow us. The age of the big harmony comes in a few years and that already has been decided.
hundreds of young politicians behind us, We change this country into the peaceful and livable country.
In the future, the history textbook will write it. The house of councilors in the summer of 2016, the Japanese who hold out by the skin of their teeth started to make a wonderful democracy!
I want you to have the vision.”
get up stand up, don’t give up the fight.
get up stand up, don’t give up stop the fight.
“Peter Tosh who is the best friends of Bob Marley said that, “Get up stand up, Don’t give up the fight.” 40 years have passed since that time, I want to say this, “Get up stand up, Don’t give up stop the fight.” It is impossible to be settled by the anger and the fight. I want to walk on the dialogue way with the forgiveness beyond the anger.”
Election Festival Day 13 at JR Tachikawa station
“At first, We are, the constitution protection party stops the constitutional amendment, and we accumulate our representatives of Tokyo gubernatorial election, Lower House election or local election one after another, then make our political power.
Am I talking about a dream? I think that fighting the war is like a dream.
Don’t you think that having a vision, imagining, counting backward and going every step of the way?
I will get thunderous applause for this word, increasing my persuasiveness, I want you to send me to the Diet. Please give me the chance to grow up as a politician. Then, I want to walk to knock on the door of the world for establishing the real United nation.
At first, I abolish United Nations Security Council Resolution. Please don’t decide all by 5 countries. In fact, there are a lot of people who are thinking about it in the world.
There it might have a long hard way but if my life is threatened by Golgo13 (the famous sniper of Japanese Manga) I’m ever afraid to die. Why?
When I stand here I always think about it. Ah, I’m very happy to find how to use my life. Of course, I want to live longer. I think that I want to live until 80, when I see people who age great as Yukawa-san. But It shouldn’t put a goal to live until 80. I think that finding how to use my life is exactly the happiness. If I can live longer with accumulating it, I would be happy.
That’s why I want to advance without being afraid.”
Day14 Shinbashi SL Park
Day15 JR Akihabara station
Day15 JR Ikebukuro station west gate
“In this election, They say that I am just splitting the vote . the reason I joined the allied opposition parties, is that the coalition is about to win . 492thousand of citizen didn’t go to the elections last time. none of the candidates seem to represent those people. Therefore I am here. this man being unshaved, long hair, wearing a T-shirt on the election is not trying to split the vote for DP or JCP. I am just trying to appeal to the young people who didn’t vote last time. The media doesn’t pick me up. There is such a force to interfere. They don’t report it when we gather 10,000 of people in Shibuya while they report the same number of people go to the world cup.”
Translated by Wataru Muramatsu (London)
Thank you for reading it until here, and I’m sorry that I published it at once even though, I didn’t finish writing it. I decided to publish it at any cost until 17:00 of 9th July (Tokyo times), because the election of the House of Councilors will be held on 10th of July and I want you to read or share with your friends it until 23:59 of 9th (Because I’m not sure about the Japanese Public Office Election Law) Actually, I didn’t write this post by myself because it was a difficult topic for my English and knowledge of the politics, It was not enough time and I spent too much time to extract my favorite words from his speech because all his words are great. But when I shut myself up in the library of Vancouver, I found a guy who was also watching his speech on Youtube and I ventured to ask him to help me finish and he said “Yah Man!!”. He is Japanese and still 20 years old but I have become friends with him. It was my first time to become friends on the topic of politics even though he is 12 years younger than me and I was surprised about it. Of course, there are a lot of opinion about him and also a lot of people criticize him, but I’m sure that It is exactly the motive why Yohei Miyake runs in the election of the House of Councilors. I also asked all my friends who are studying English like me on my Facebook and some friends helped me and I could put together some words which they tried to translate by their own words.
I’m not sure that our translations are absolutely correct like his cool speech which reached the bottom of the hearts. But even If I finish to publish it, I will keep editing this post until his speech reaches all over the world. So, if you can understand Japanese and English and If you sympathize with me, please correct my sentence as he said or comment your translation of your favorite words on the comment field.
“When I stand here I always think about it. Ah, I’m very happy to find how to use my life. Of course, I want to live longer. I think that I want to live until 80, when I see people who age great as Yukawa-san. But It shouldn’t put a goal to live until 80. I think that finding how to use my life is exactly the happiness. If I can live longer with accumulating it, I would be happy.
That’s why I want to advance without being afraid.”
Those are my favorite his words.
Since I started to study English, I lost my way and went through a lot of psychological conflicts.
Why did I decide this goal? Why should I study English so far as to return to like a baby or loose my confidence? But when I listen to these words, I was reminded of when I decided to study English.
I just wanted to tell you that All the people who I met all over the world, have the same smile like you and that’s why we don’t need to fight each other, by my own words.
Then I’m also very happy now because I could confirm how to use my life.