Emi Kiyota is a brilliant young researcher (we won’t hold her age against her) with a bright career ahead of her. She did some of the foundational design investigations on the Green House model and now I can announce that she will be guest blogging with us.
Her main interests are aging and design and she has a strong background in Asia and Sri Lanka.
Here is her report on Japan’s reaction to Obama’s election…
In Japan, the reaction to Obama’s victory is mixed. Some are concerned about the uncertainty of posture toward Japanese politics, others are welcoming the change and hope he is bringing to the world.
Prime Minister Aso commented:
‘Working together with President-elect Obama, I will strive to further strengthen the Japan-U.S. alliance and to resolve various challenges the international community faces when addressing issues such as the international economy, terrorism and the environment,’’
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) commented:
“There’s the chance for Mr. Obama to tackle President Bush’s regressive stance on global warming and disarmament. On these issues, we can look forward to a new strengthening of Japan-U.S. ties.”
Among the various comments stated by the Japanese leaders, Mr. Hatoyama’s (Democratic Party of Japan) stood out.
“American people have made a great history by overcoming racism and elected an African American president. This victory reminded Japanese people that true democracy still strongly stays alive in America. “
I could not agree more on his comment.
While I was watching Obama’s speech and looking at tears of my husband who is from the Ivory Coast, I was reminded that “this is the America I always imagined when I was growing up in Japan.” Overcoming obstacles and bring about positive changes for freedom and democracy was always the image of American society. I was pleased to witness this American value last night.
This historical event gave me a hope to bring about the change in elder care in the world.