Short short with English summary
It was an early morning in November 1945. I was with a group of some hundreds of school children. We just had returned from a mountain village in Nagano prefecture where we had spent 15 months. All of us, as one school unit, had been evacuated from Tokyo. We were gathering at the plaza in front of Ikebukuro station. There was nothing but half ruined railway facilities and a vast burnt out field where once had been a residential town with cozy shops and rather many schools.
From March to August 1945, almost all the Tokyo area was burned down, Tokyo had been full of wooden buildings. More than 100,000 civilians were dead, burnt. Hiroshima and Nagasaki were nuclear bombed, one bomb for each city, killed 140,000 and 75,000, in 6th and 9th of August. 15th of August, the war was over. In Germany, Dresden was totally destroyed in February 1945 and 140,000 civilians were killed. It was just 3 months before the end of their war. We were evacuated from Tokyo in the summer 1945. The Battle of Stalingrad had already been over in February 1943, there 40,000 civilians and 700,000 soldiers were killed.
Meanwhile in USA, in 1939, a movie film, $B!H(BGone with the Wind$B!I(B was released. We could see the film in 1952, 7 years after the war. It took 13 years counting from the big hit in USA. In 1940, $B!H(BThe Grapes of Wrath$B!I(B was released. In the film, a poor farmer family made a long journey in a worm-out shaky truck from Oklahoma to California looking for job. Under their journey, 2,000km, they had to refill gasoline many times. Buying gasoline was a simple match; they could buy it anywhere, cheaply. In Japan, we had a nationwide propaganda; $B!H(BA drop of gasoline is a drop of blood.$B!I(B As to secure the oil resources Japan marched towards the war.
The literacy ratio of Japanese has been very high. We have had a quite good ground education system. But the contents of the education and the information were strictly controlled. We were ignorant. We didn$B!G(Bt realize that we were ignorant. All of Japanese had no doubt about the slogan; $B!H(BJapan over the world. Japan the divine nation.$B!I(B We were dancing after the music played by a bunch of readers who utilized the Emperor system.
But today in the world, still there are people, head of state or generals who swear by God; Their own God.
Can we be sure that our concept of the world is sound and universal?