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An article introducing the World Summit 2020 held in South Korea from February 3rd to 5th was published in "Net IB News". At this huge international event, Jim Rogers (one of the world's three largest investors who visited the International Highway Foundation's Karatsu site last year) and Yukitaka Ishii (a supporter of the Japan-Korea tunnel and advocate of the name "Asia Strait Tunnel") (Former JR Kyushu Chairman) gave a lecture.


Below is the content of the article.


"World Summit 2020" (sponsored by the United Nations UPF) was held from February 3rd (Monday) to February 5th (Wednesday) at the international exhibition center "KINTEX" in Goyang City, Gyeonggi Province, South Korea.

Amid the outbreak of the new coronavirus in Wuhan, China, approximately 150 former and current leaders from around the world, members of parliament, religious leaders, media personnel, Nobel Prize winners, and former United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon from South Korea Approximately 6,000 people gathered from 120 countries, including presidents.


Prior to this, the 2020 World Peace Media Conference was held at the Lotte Hotel in Myeong-dong, Seoul on the 2nd (Sunday), and the 2020 World Peace Media Conference was held at the Lotte Hotel in Myeong-dong, Seoul. The event was co-hosted by approximately 500 media personnel, academics, and business figures from 100 countries around the world.

Here, we will focus on the World Conference of Speakers and the economics subcommittee ``International Association for Peace and Economic Development (IAED)'', which also included Jim Rogers and Neil Bush.


There is no wavering in the major direction of Asia's development.

Mr. Neil Bush

Mr. Neil Bush

The following day, from the 3rd to the 5th, a plenary session (the theme was ``Achieving world peace through coexistence, mutual prosperity, and common sense and the reunification of the Korean Peninsula'') and various subcommittees were held at the international exhibition center ``KINTEX'' in Goyang City, Gyeonggi Province. ” was held. Several subcommittees were held, including the Summit Council for World Peace (ISCP), the World Parliamentarians for Peace (IAPP), the Association of Religious People for Peace and Development (IAPD), and the International Science and Technology Association for Peace (IAPP).

Here we present the details of the International Association for Peace and Economic Development (IAED) held from the afternoon of the 4th to the morning and afternoon of the 5th.

The International Association for Peace and Economic Development (IAED) is a forum for active discussion aimed at sustainable peace, centered on business people. In order to consider the lasting prosperity of the earth, we must continue to strive for peace within our limited resources.


This time, major speakers include Jim Rogers, one of the world's three largest investors, and Neil Bush, the younger brother of former President George W. Bush and a businessman with expertise in China and Asia. Yukitaka Ishii, former president and chairman of JR Kyushu, took the stage.


Jim Rogers said with a large world map slide in the background:

Mr. Jim Rogers

Mr. Jim Rogers

“I am very happy to have had such a wonderful opportunity, and above all, to be able to come to the Korean peninsula.The Korean peninsula is definitely going to be the most exciting and fun region in the next 10 to 20 years. The 38th parallel is located not far from here.The time is approaching when we will witness the historic moment when it disappears.Today, I would like to talk about Asia with you. I am.


About 13 years ago, I sold everything I owned in New York and moved to Asia with my family. I want my children (who currently live in Singapore) to be able to speak Mandaling (which will be one of the most important languages ​​in their lives) and grow up in Asia.


The 19th century was the British century and the 20th century was the American century. The 21st century is the century of Asia, centered on China. I think there are many people in Europe and America who do not like this movement. However, I think you can understand that China has been the most successful country in the last 40 years. The movement to try new things has led to the development of today's China.


I believe that countries around Asia will develop with the help of China in the future. America is a country with great economic power. However, the gap between the rich and the poor has widened, leaving us with the highest debt in history, and that debt continues to rise. History teaches us that no matter how hegemonic a country is, it repeats its rise and fall without exception. Of course, I believe that various difficult problems will arise in Asia in the future. However, there is no wavering in the overall direction of Asia's development. I believe that a new path will open up in South Korea with the unification of the North and South. This is because it was originally one country. ”


Jim Rogers also mentioned the ``Asia Strait Tunnel'' in the Q&A that followed. He said, ``The day will come when it will be possible to drive from Japan to Busan, South Korea, through the Asian Strait Tunnel, through the Eurasian continent, and then to London.''


Asia Strait Tunnel connects Japan-Korea to Europe

Mr. Yukitaka Ishii

Mr. Yukitaka Ishii

Yukitaka Ishii, former president and chairman of JR Kyushu, who was the only Japanese speaker at the subcommittee, spoke in fluent English as follows:

Throughout history, we are well aware that the development of people and the economy has been achieved through the development of transportation. And this also leads to world peace. Japan's national railways have a history of 150 years, and privatization took place 33 years ago.

After 1987, I served as president of the privatized Kyushu Railway Company for 10 years, and then assumed the position of chairman. Kyushu has very close relationships with China and South Korea, across the ocean. There are various transportation options between Fukuoka and Busan, including high-speed boats. I would like to make two suggestions here.


The first idea is to connect Japan (Fukuoka) and South Korea (Busan) by rail through an undersea tunnel. It is currently called the "Japan-Korea Undersea Tunnel" or the "Korea-Japan Undersea Tunnel." However, as a common term for both countries, I would like to call it the ``Asia Strait Tunnel,'' similar to the ``English Channel Tunnel'' in the Straits of Dover between the United Kingdom and France.What do you think? (Applause from the venue)

The Asia Strait Tunnel will not only connect Korea and Japan, but will also connect all Eurasian countries leading to Europe. This is not only a means of transportation, but is also thought to lead to solving various problems such as energy and environmental problems.


This is my second suggestion. In Asia, the Olympic and Paralympic Games will be held in Tokyo in 2020, and the Winter Olympics will be held in Beijing in 2022. At a time like this, there is a desire to strengthen connections between Tokyo, Fukuoka, Seoul, Busan, Pyongyang, Beijing, etc. through various means of transportation such as high-speed ships and trains.

I also visited South Korea's national railways. Of course, there are many difficulties in achieving this. However, as someone involved in railways, there are no barriers such as country, race, or religion; there is only a strong desire to connect people through one road.


This time, approximately 25 speakers took the stage at the International Association for Peace and Economic Development (IAED). The word "Positive Peace" was used by several speakers. The meaning is that economic rationality is achieved by pursuing peace. Although the data and basis for each need to be carefully examined, it is a fresh and promising statement, as it is the opposite of the often-cited saying, ``war is profitable.''


[Akinori Kaneki]


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