Middle school students seek solutions for a peaceful world

Middle school students seek solutions for a peaceful world

Ambassadors for peace singing the theme song “jidai no kataribe” with sign language

August 4, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

Okinawa City held an opening ceremony for the month of peace between August 1 and September 7 at the city hall on August 1. During this period there will be various events around the city such as exhibits on the jetliner crash at the Miyamori elementary school as well as atomic bombs during WWII. There will also be an event in which citizens will attempt to make a guiness for the longest rope of origami cranes.

At the ceremony, sixteen middle school students and one from a general public, who were assigned to be ambassadors for peace, sung the theme song called “jidai no kataribe” – storyteller of the era – together to pledge to achieve the peaceful world without wars.

A thirteen-year-old second grade middle school student, Arashi Kaneji, who made a speech at the ceremony stated, “let’s not forget the mistakes from the past and think about the meaning of peace.”

Sixty-seven-year old Tokuhide Nakahodo said, “the month for peace is a great opportunity to think about what we can achieve through learning about wars.”

(English translation by T&CT and Sayaka Sakuma)

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