Professor Julie Higashi of the Faculty of Foreign Studies’ Department of British and American Studies’ commentary “A Lesson to Learn for the Global Society” was published in the Hokkaido Shimbun’s morning paper on Saturday, September 11th.
On the same day that marked the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, a Japanese translation of The 9/11 Commission Report was published. The Japanese version was written by the father of one of the victims, who spent an arduous 13 years to complete translating the official report prepared by the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States and issued in 2004. Professor Higashi comments on the book, “The reason why a Japanese translation has not been available for 17 long years since the report was released is because sadly, in Japan, 9/11 is perceived as an event that happened elsewhere in a country called the U.S. In other words, people are not as interested. However, in this globalizing world today, we need to understand that it’s the kind of tragedy that can happen to anyone, anywhere. I hope that this book would open the eyes of the Japanese people, that the attacks are something that we should all learn from as members of the global society.”