University Consortium Okinawa Presents
The 2015 Second Student Summit
On Saturday, December 19, 2015, the 2015 Second Student Summit was held at Bankoku Shinryokan (Nago, Okinawa), which more than 230 people, including university students from inside and outside the prefecture, high school students from Okinawa Prefecture, and others, attended.
This student summit was planned by a student conference that consisted of students from eleven institutions of higher education in Okinawa Prefecture.
The summit was held with many objectives. University students in Okinawa gathered together to spread the intellect network among students. By deepening ties between specific academic organizations and collecting wisdom, they hoped to release students’ unknown possibilities and contribute to the stimulation and development of a regional society. In addition, the summit was held for the purpose of developing universal human resources as an international currency.
In the opening ceremony, Ryukyu dance and eisa were gorgeously presented. Students from the Okinawa Prefectural University of Arts performed Kagiyadefu as an opening Ryukyu dance for the ceremony, along with performances of sanshin, taiko, and fue. It became a solemn opening.
Kariyushi-taiko gave a lively eisa performance.
After that, Ms. Sakurako Hokama, a student representative and a student at Okinawa Christian University, gave a greeting in English, and Mr. Eiki Senaha, Director of the Consortium of Universities in Okinawa, also welcomed the attendees.
After the greetings, Ambassador to the United Nations Mr. Kiyotaka Akasaka, a former United Nations spokesman for the Undersecretary-General and the director of the Foreign Press Center, gave the keynote speech on the theme “Is the world of 2030 peaceful?”
During the keynote speech, he discussed population change in the world and in Japan, the arrival of an Asian century, an analysis of the Chinese government, the function of United Nations, Japanese International initiatives, and Asian values. He concluded with the following: “To keep a peaceful world, we have to sweat. For that, young people should pool their power and be actively involved worldwide, and you have to contribute to the solution of various initiatives and problems. The answer to the question of whether the world of 2030 will be peaceful or not is yes. It will be peaceful if you put forth an effort to accomplish it.”
During questions and answers after speech, university students and high school students asked many questions, such as the necessity of the Japan-US Security Treaty and whether the United Nations is necessary, and it was a lively event.
Following that, Mr. Satoshi Abe, chief of the Recruitment Center for International Organizations in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, gave career guidance. Then the morning session was finished.
The opening with Ryukyu dance by students of the Okinawa Prefectural University of Arts
Lively eisa performance by Kariyushi- Taiko
Greetings by Ms Hokama,a student representative
Greetings by Director Senaha
Keynote speech by Mr. Akasaka
Attendees listening intently
In the afternoon sessions, participants separated into 20 groups and conducted discussion on themes in ten fields: religion, culture, sports, the environment, the economy, tourism, education, legislation, gender, science and technology, and peace. Ten joint statements, one from each field, were issued at the end of discussions. (The drafts of the joint statements)① Religion
Peace means that everybody is smiling. There are no wars related to religion. We must establish an attitude of accepting religious differences. Each school should actively pursue multi-culture and religious studies in order for people to better understand our differences. In order to accept these differences, there are a lot of things we should do, for example, changing education. Not every draws their own conclusions, but we need to think of solutions. It is important to thinking about solutions②©Culture
Peace is a situation where the person who is in front of me and I are laughing. How can you create peace? When you meet someone, if one person does not open their mind, they cannot be friends. Also, know our own country. In Okinawa, know how to play sanshin. Know yourself and tell others about it. It will simply lead to interaction. To be smiling with Okinawan culture is kachashi, a dance performed by many dancers joining together with their hands waving that is performed at special occasions. Not only Okinawans but also foreigners and people from other prefectures can smile. To tell the spirit of kachashi might be connected to peace. In conclusion, if culture exchanges are started, it will lead to peace.③ Sports
There is a close connection between sports and peace. For example, after Iraq and America became involved in a war, the year before last, wrestling was almost deleted as an Olympic event. At that time, athletes from the two countries wrestled together. It is a fact that all nations cannot attend the Olympics. We need to repair that. It is necessary to spread the joy of sports.④ The Environment
As the environmental field is wide, the image of it is different for each person. There is the working environment, the natural environment, life environment, educational environment, and so on. The most important thing is to know that it is the beginning of everything. There are many things that can be done. It is important to know what one can do now. First of all, share information that you know. This is the one thing that we can all do.⑤ The Economy
We discussed the economy in Okinawa and in the world. How can we develop the Okinawan economy, and how we can increase tourism in Okinawa? Even though many people come to Okinawa for sightseeing, they do not consume much in Okinawa. How can we make money circulation more active? One suggestion is to invite a famous musician to Okinawa to have a live concert to help increase the spending of money here. There were also other suggestions. As Okinawan culture is a food culture, we should focus on making places to eat Okinawan food. In the case of looking at the world, there are problems in education, population, poverty, and differential gaps. One idea is that rich countries should support poor countries. By supporting children in education, the children can study, and that will lead to the development of the next generation, and the country will become developed. Then differential gaps will decrease and there will be no more fighting.⑥ Tourism
We thought of tourism and peace. Although there are a lot of tourists in Okinawa, we doubted whether we communicate with them or not. We think this hangs over peace because peace starts with mutual understanding. Mutual understanding is to send out the message that we understand each other’s history and culture, and then to communicate with each other, so we thought about what we could do. First, in the near feature, by 2020, we should know about other countries and let them know about our country, get rid of terrorism, and aim to establish world peace. In 2025, the world economy will be better, and the gap between rich and poor will disappear, and the cost of airfare will be cheaper and the number of routes will increase. People will be able to go anywhere. To know other country will become common, so in 2030, people will know more about other countries. As a result of mutual understanding of each other, neighboring countries can be at peace and so can the rest of the world.⑦ Education
We thought that peace equals education. Peace is obviously linked to education. In the education session, it was hard to unify our opinions. One thing we could agree on was to learn to coexist and to accept various opinions in order to make a peaceful world and to educate people to go along with it. By concerning ourselves with other countries, we can learn about them. One opinion was to eliminate justice, to get rid of a fixed way of justice. Thinking about the reasons that wars start, we realized that each person has his or her own sense of justice, and those opinions clash with each other. If there were no fixed idea of justice, people would accept each other. Then wars would not appear. It was a great opportunity that we could discuss this topic like this.⑧ Legislation
First, we defined what peace is. Peace is the condition of no poverty and also no international disputes. The condition where no poverty exists is the ultimate peace. However, making this situation real requires considerable time and effort, so we tried to define political peace, that is to say, the condition of no international disputes. Nevertheless, we did not come to a conclusion. Next, we investigated the connections between legislation and peace. We found a representative one, that is, the renunciation of war in article 9 of the Japanese Constitution. In order to solve an international dispute, international law will be involved, but in China, there is the reality that the Chinese Communist Party has a higher rank than legislative or government ones. For that reason, there was an opinion to doubt in the solving of international disputes. Next, to solve the problem of poverty for those at the bottom, we thought to define what it is. Poverty means the condition of a lack of a minimum standard of housing, food, and clothing. We thought it is indispensable to solve the poverty problem through international cooperation. Finally, we discussed what we could do by 2030. Assistance from advanced nations and immigration limitations are issues. Things that we can do from now on are to increase the activities of the Self-Defense Forces of Japan, to reduce the difficulty of finding employment, to enrich social security, and so on. In the end, we came to the conclusion that if we bolster the United Nations, it would lead to the establishment of peace through legislation and politics. This is an ideal idea, but the establishment of a world government or the appearance of some person like the character in the animation One Pease would be good for world peace.⑨ Gender
First of all, we extracted problems under present conditions. There is a sexual distinction between men and women, and it has become an issue of public concern. When women leave society in order to bring up children, it becmes hard for them to come back. On the other hand, it is not yet recognized in our society to become a househusband. The second problem is LGBT, lesbians, male homosexuals, bisexuals, and transgender people, who have also suffered from discriminative elements. Discussing the issue from the assumption of eliminating discrimination by 2030, we should create a society that permits LGBT, and as a mid-term plan, to delete the label LGBT. In the end, we need to make a society that recognizes that these people are absolutely normal. The existence of these words themselves was pointed out as a social distinction rooted in society. If these words were gone, these people would become natural in worldly terms. We came to the conclusion that if this movement keeps spreading from the popular level to the governmental level, and around the world, in 2030, sexual distinctions will be eliminated and world peace will come.⑩ Science and technology
In the area of science and technology and peace, we had a discussion with a view that science technology should not become a tool of a war. We will think through step one of “Share・Wild・Wide・Vision” (Share・Global・Wide・Vision). Aiming to reach this point, we should make a legal framework of laws for ideal science and technology in the world. On this point, various countries have promoted science technology their own way, so they have set much value on maintaining their own way without being a slave to the law. In such an environment, it is said that science and technology tends to go toward the bad side, but originally, it existed above such concerns, and curiosity helped technology advance and develop beyond them. A head full of curiosity does not equal being bad, so in order to prevent negative results, educating each scientist is necessary. It is also important in general to educate people in how to use science. We need education both inside and outside the science and technology sector. We concluded that to make a good society, we want to use science technology.
In the discussion sessions, more than 200 participants discussed peace. University student deepened their interactions with high school students and other university students, and could also made social ties both vertically and laterally. It became a very meaningful opportunity.
Presentation of cooperation statements in each field
In the closing ceremony, Kariyushi-daiko and Okinawa Prefectural University of Arts students performed a dance display as a collaboration. At the end, everybody danced kachashi together, and the summit ended as a very big success. At the end of the program, Mr. Souichiro Kayou, the president of the student summit and a Ryukyu University student, gave a closing address, and the student summit concluded.
Closing address by Mr. Kayo, president of the student summit