On November 10, 1981, the 10th International Conference on the Unification of Sciences (ICUS) was held in Seoul, South Korea.
The conference was attended by a total of 720 people from all over the world, including Nobel laureates, natural scientists in various fields, scholars in the humanities and social sciences, and cultural figures. At the general meeting, Rev. Myung Moon, the founder of the conference, proposed the ``Great Asia Highway and Japan-Korea Tunnel''. Mr. Eizaburo Nishibori (Chairman of the Japan Mountaineering Association) was attending this conference from Japan, and when he heard about the international highway/Japan-Korea tunnel project, he said, ``I've been saying pretty big things myself, but this is on a scale that far exceeds that.'' "I was very impressed."
As soon as Mr. Eizaburo Nishibori returned to Japan, he was urged to start a Japan-Korea tunnel project in Japan as well, and the Japan-Korea Tunnel Study Group was established. ) was established in Tokyo in May 1983. Mr. Nishibori and Mr. Sasa were the presidents of the same incorporated association, the Japan Mountaineering Association, and their relationship was that of the previous president (13th generation) and the next president (14th generation). Mr. Sasa is an authority on geology and was the central figure in selecting the route for the Seikan Tunnel, making him the perfect person for the Japan-Korea Tunnel Study Group.
Here, I would like to take a look at the historical background of the ``Great Asia Highway and Japan-Korea Tunnel Project''.
Looking at the changes in the history of civilization, the ancient human civilization started with tropical civilizations such as Egyptian civilization and Mesopotamian civilization, then moved to the peninsular civilization of Greece and Rome, and then moved to island civilization centered on Britain. , a maritime civilization centered around the British Empire swept the world. Afterwards, civilization crossed the Atlantic Ocean and landed in the United States, bearing fruit as a continental civilization.
Benefiting from this, the United States was able to become the world's strongest and largest nation in more than 200 years. Within the United States, settlement progressed from the east to the west, and once they reached the Pacific Ocean, they crossed the Pacific Ocean and reached Japan. Western civilization landed in Japan for 120 years before moving to the neighboring Korean Peninsula. A symbolic event was the 1988 Seoul Olympics held in South Korea. In other words, in order to establish an economic base in Asia, infrastructure such as the Peace Expressway and Peace Express Railway, which are major logistics arteries, will be developed in the middle, and an East Asian community will be built from Japan through South Korea and North Korea to China. He came up with a plan to continue doing so.
After 120 years of prosperity, Japan was at the crossroads of whether it would enjoy further prosperity or continue down the path of decline.
In order to further develop, Japan needed to be connected to the Korean peninsula from a civilizational historical point of view. In fact, Japan in the 1990s was referred to as the "lost decade." However, looking back on it now, we can say that it was a "lost twenty years." During this period, Japan experienced the collapse of the bubble economy, a stagnant economy, political turmoil, and a society where people's morals were disturbed and crime increased dramatically.
Historically, the relationship between Japan and South Korea has been one of benevolence and enmity, but by overcoming this and building a "bridge of love" and creating a tunnel of peace between the two countries, true peace will be born between the two countries. .
If Japan and South Korea unite, the Pacific island nations will also cooperate with the West.
Just like the bloodless surrender of Edo Castle by Takamori Saigo during the Meiji Restoration, this could be an opportunity for North Korea to abandon its policy of military expansion into the south and switch to a way of peacefully unifying the North and South.
This will also lead to the peaceful unification of the Korean Peninsula. If this happens, not only will peace be maintained in Asia, but the world's number one economic zone will be created.
This is the establishment of an economic foundation based on a new philosophy. At the same time, by expanding the expressway network throughout Asia, we will likely develop into an Asian community. At that time, the major issues are borders and conflicts between races, ethnic groups, and ideas.
We must lead the way in breaking down those ``walls'' and peacefully coming together as one. This is a historic mission that Japan must take the lead in fulfilling, and Japan should lead Asia by focusing on peace diplomacy. The spiritual support for this must be a high-dimensional spirit. The British-French Tunnel in the Strait of Dover was agreed upon at a summit meeting between the two countries, and was completed four years later.
Much of the technology used was Japanese tunnel technology. The European Union (EU) was born soon after the Anglo-France Tunnel was built. The birth of the EU has made it possible to travel within the EU without a visa. The currency was also unified with the euro. Similarly, if the Japan-Korea Tunnel were to pass through, an East Asian community and, beyond that, an Asian community would become visible.
There is no doubt that a common currency will be created in the future. The East Asian Community alone will become the world's largest economic region, and Asia as a whole will become an even larger economic region. We will expand these benefits to the world. The construction of expressways is a concrete measure to achieve world peace.
Throughout history, ``world peace'' has been proclaimed many times, but it was not clear how to achieve it. However, world peace can be achieved through the construction of expressways. Permanent world peace will be realized when both the spiritual and economic foundations come together. The starting point is the "Japan-Korea Tunnel." The ``Japan-Korea Tunnel'' is the entrance to a base that transmits world peace. On the other hand, if Japan contributes with its technological and economic power, the stigma of being an aggressor nation will be lifted and it will be welcomed by all countries. There is no greater hope for Japan. This is the path Japan should take.
In 1982, he established the International Highway Construction Corporation in Tokyo in order to concretely promote the International Highway Project and the Japan-Korea Tunnel Project, and served as its chairman.