Tuesday, January 20, 2009

オバマ大統領  President Obama

Barack Obama is now the President of the United States of America . So for us living in Japan, what can we expect?


Well for one thing, I can tell that he is a very intelligent man, and I think he has a good understanding of the problems facing America.


Many Japanese friends ask me, “Will President Obama be able to fix America?” Well, my answer will be no, not completely. But he will do his best to repair some things, and I think that he was the best choice of all people running in the past election.


But I think that Japan will be playing a more active role in the future Japanese/American relationship. During the Cold War, and since then, military security has always been at the top of the agenda for the Japanese and American governments.


However, I do not think such an emphasis on military security is necessary any longer. In military terms, Asia is relatively stable, and America is withdrawing from Iraq. This is correct, and Japan should also encourage America to withdraw from Afghanistan.


A military solution is not possible there, and Japan and South Korea deciding to send joint humanitarian aid is a correct decision. Japan should do it’s best to encourage America help the Afghans bring about their own political solution.


However, in my opinion, the greatest dangers facing the planet are Climate Change, and depletion of oil resources. A secondary danger is financial collapse.


Very few Americans really understand the dangers posed by Climate Change. They think that we are merely in a cycle, things will soon return to normal.


And here is the problem with President Obama. People do understand that the Bush administration did create a lot of problems. But they expect that the new President, Barack Obama, will make everything the same as it was before.


That is not possible. The financial crisis will become even worse in America this year. President Obama understands this. In his inaugural speech, has said that people must be responsible in their business practices. This is in contrast to the Bush administration, which basically let business do whatever it pleased. We ended up with the major financial institutions of America creating giant worldwide Ponzi schemes.


I also think that building electric railroads in America would be a worthwhile investment. I do think that President Obama understands the importance of rebuilding America’s railroads. But at least in the near future, America will not have the capability to build the amount of rail cars, electric engines, and infrastructure needed. Japan has a tremendous rail capability, and I think Japan can help a lot in the training of Americans in the manufacture of rail equipment.


With the depletion of oil resources, the future of land transport is electric rail, and sea transport will be by combination sail and electric vessel.


The financial crisis in America is in my opinion, beyond repair. I think in Japan and America both, we are going to tend to become more socialist in our societies. In Japan, we are having a serious social problem with temporary workers being suddenly laid of from manufacturing jobs. I think the Japanese government in cooperation with the corporate world is going to have to find them future work, and some measures are already have begun.


In America, not only is there a crisis of unemployment, there is also a housing crisis with people being unable to afford their homes. The number of homeless people, many of them families, is rapidly increasing.


And I think there is going to be a lot more government regulation in both society and business involved in both our countries.


For Japanese, I do not think it will be difficult to become a more group-orientated society; Japanese have always been so culturally. But for Americans this will be much more difficult, as Americans have always prided themselves on their individuality.


Americans are expecting President Obama to bring satisfaction; I think they will be surprised when he tells Americans that they have to change their lives if the nation is to survive. But this is necessary.

アメリカ人は、オバマ大統領が皆アメリカ人に満足を与えますと期待しているでしょう。これから、アメリカが国として存続する為に、オバマ大統領が各アメリカ人に個人生活を変えなければ 成りませんと言うと、アメリカ人は驚くでしょう。しかし、この変化は必要です。

And Barack Obama is the best man for the job.


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