Eiji Tokuno, Chairman of the International Highway Foundation, gave a lecture in Saga City on March 2014, 3.
An excerpt of the lecture will be posted.
"Japan-Korea Tunnel Project for Peace in Northeast Asia"
-Considering the realization of the Japan-Korea Tunnel from seven perspectives-
First, I would like to congratulate the formation of the Japan-Korea Tunnel Saga Prefectural Council.
Today, I would like to talk about the significance of the Japan-Korea Tunnel from seven perspectives.
The first is the issue of human love.
This Japan-Korea Tunnel / International Highway concept was proposed in XNUMX by Sun Myung Moon, the founder of the unification movement.The most fundamental idea is "love for humanity" in a nutshell.Unless this spirit is followed, it is impossible to realize the Japan-Korea Tunnel / International Highway beyond national interests in the true sense of the word.This is because if Japan and South Korea consider only national interests, they will always collide somewhere.The only way to overcome it is to change our mindset.How much humanity is spending huge amounts of money on war and military spending?This time, the funds will be used for world peace beyond the walls of national interests, borders, and nationalism.Unless this idea is reached, it will be difficult to realize this Japan-Korea Tunnel / International Highway.
In 2002, Japan and South Korea co-sponsored the World Cup, even if there were many things in the past, and it ended successfully.In this way, in 2018, Japan will fully support the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, and South Korea will fully support the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, and by making the Olympics a success together, the feelings of Japan and South Korea will increase. Get closer.Then I am convinced that the problem of tunnels will not be a big wall.
The second is to "equalize technology and industry" between Japan and South Korea through "exchange of people, goods and culture".
Furthermore, the realization of the international highway will enable technology and industry to spread throughout Asia and the world, and achieve balanced development.
The third is "effective use of energy and resources."
With the realization of the Japan-Korea Tunnel and the International Highway, the transportation system will be fully equipped, and it will be possible to make effective use of it.
Fourth is the issue of human resources and economic benefits.
Looking only at East Asia, it is big.China has a population of 13 million.Considering the Korean Peninsula, the total is 5 million including the north and south.Japan has 10 million human resources, which alone has more than 2027 million human resources.India now has more than a billion and is estimated to reach 14 billion in 7.Just by realizing this Japan-Korea tunnel, a huge economic zone can be created.
By the way, in Saga, it is possible to create an economic zone with a radius of 500 km centered on Tosu.Therefore, I would like to say that the economic effects of the realization of the Japan-Korea Tunnel have infinite potential.
Fifth is technological capabilities.
By utilizing the current Japanese technology, both the Japan-Korea tunnel and the international highway are completely possible.In addition, I think that Japan's technological capabilities can be further improved while advancing the international highway.
Sixth, the realization of the Japan-Korea Tunnel will enable the creation of the Pan-Japan Sea Economic Zone.
This story is a great gospel for the people of Hokuriku and Tohoku.The Sea of Japan side connects directly to Russia, South Korea, and North Korea.In that sense, I think this can predict that a new era will come.
Seventh is the issue of national sentiment and public opinion in Japan and South Korea.
What I would like to say here is that through tourism, cultural exchange, and mutual cooperation of the Olympic Games, Japan and South Korea will become "closer and closer" citizens who are closer or closer than before, and international marriage between Japan and South Korea will be natural. The public sentiment will be raised by more and more exchanges between Japan and South Korea.And naturally, the Japan-Korea Tunnel and the International Highway are commonplace!If we can create such an atmosphere, we are confident that it will be possible.
The contents of the lecture text excerpt can be downloaded as a PDF.