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【原爆投下日に思うこと:クジラと戦争の関係】(↓English below)









[Thoughts on the Day the Atomic Bomb was dropped: The Relationship Between Whaling and War]

It's fast approaching three years since my film “Behind THE COVE” was the distributed worldwide by NETFLIX.
August 24th is the last day my film will be on Netflix. As of today, August 9th, the film is streamed worldwide (except Japan) in various languages in the following countries:

I never imagined that by trying to tell the truth about whales I would end up touching on the issue of the atomic bomb in my film.
Whales are inseparable from war, as evidenced by the arrival of “black ships” (foreign influence) to Japanese shores, the military use of whale oil, and the UN resolution during the Vietnam War.
I wonder if this is why people are so relentlessly vigilant about Japan's whale diet, and why there has been so much pressure to stop it.

With the opportunity to share my film with the world thru NETFLIX, one of the world's largest influential streaming platform, and through the issue of whaling, I have been able to comment on even bigger topics than whaling, and convey to the world my thoughts on topics such as “what is cruelty?” and “which country is responsible for the war crime of dropping two atomic bombs?”

Before my film was distributed on Netflix, I knew I would not feel the usual joy of what a director of an entertainment film would feel about global distribution, even thinking that my life could be in danger.
But things turned out very differently.

I would receive many photos of the ocean turned bright red with blood on social media along with comments like, "Whaling is brutal! It's inhuman!”. But after the film was streamed on Netflix, this suddenly stopped. Some who saw my film, told me that I shouldn’t bring up the issue of the war. But the fact is, as long as there is evidence of the military use of whales, these two topics are inseparable.

For not only the Pope, who visited Japan last year, but also for many countries, it seems strange that Japan has not been able to break free from the principle of mediocrity in the post-war era, and that even after a long, far too long, 75 years after the end of the war, the Japanese government is still in favor of the possession of nuclear weapons, with a stance that only panders to nations that promote them.

How many hundreds of years will it take for Japan to oppose the possession of nuclear weapons?

What would the people who died of radiation exposure from the atomic bombs think of Japan today?

On this day, I once again hold my resolve that we Japanese people have to speak out more for the world, and not just for Japan.
I would like to express my gratitude to Netflix, and also offer my condolences to the war victims.

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