People will not look forward to posterity, who never look backward to their ancestors.

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 首相が靖国参拝、「御英霊に哀悼の誠」「恒久平和の誓い」 安倍首相談話


 (産経新聞2013.12.26 12:19


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 本日、靖国神社に参拝し、国のために戦い、尊い命を犠牲にされた御英霊に対して、哀悼の誠を捧げるとともに、尊崇の念を表し、御霊安らかなれとご冥福をお祈りしました。


 また、戦争で亡くなられ、靖国神社に合祀されない国内、及び諸外国の人々を慰霊する鎮霊社にも、参拝いたしました。


 御英霊に対して手を合わせながら、現在、日本が平和であることのありがたさを噛みしめました。


 今の日本の平和と繁栄は、今を生きる人だけで成り立っているわけではありません。愛する妻や子供たちの幸せを祈り、育ててくれた父や母を思いながら、戦場に倒れたたくさんの方々。その尊い犠牲の上に、私たちの平和と繁栄があります。


 今日は、そのことを改めて思いを致し、心からの敬意と感謝の念を持って、参拝いたしました。


 日本は、二度と戦争を起こしてはならない。私は、過去への痛切な反省の上に立って、そう考えています。


 戦争犠牲者の方々の御霊を前に、今後とも不戦の誓いを堅持していく決意を、新たにしてまいりました。


 同時に、二度と戦争の惨禍に苦しむことが無い時代をつくらなければならない。アジアの友人、世界の友人と共に、世界全体の平和の実現を考える国でありたいと、誓ってまいりました。


 日本は、戦後68年間にわたり、自由で民主的な国をつくり、ひたすらに平和の道を邁進してきました。今後もこの姿勢を貫くことに一点の曇りもありません。


 世界の平和と安定、そして繁栄のために、国際協調の下、今後その責任を果たしてまいります。


 靖国神社への参拝については、残念ながら、政治問題、外交問題化している現実があります。


 靖国参拝については、戦犯を崇拝するものだと批判する人がいますが、私が安倍政権の発足した今日この日に参拝したのは、御英霊に、政権一年の歩みと、二度と再び戦争の惨禍に人々が苦しむことの無い時代を創るとの決意を、お伝えするためです。


 中国、韓国の人々の気持ちを傷つけるつもりは、全くありません。靖国神社に参拝した歴代の首相がそうであった様に、人格を尊重し、自由と民主主義を守り、中国、韓国に対して敬意を持って友好関係を築いていきたいと願っています。


 国民の皆さんの御理解を賜りますよう、お願い申し上げます。


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■ About Yasukuni Shrine


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【History


 
The origin of Yasukuni Shrine is Shokonsha established at Kudan in Tokyo in the second year of the Meiji era (1869) by the will of the Emperor Meiji. In 1879, it was renamed Yasukuni Shrine.


 
When the Emperor Meiji visited Tokyo Shokonsha for the first time on January 27 in 1874, he composed a poem; "I assure those of you who fought and died for your country that your names will live forever at this shrine in Musashino". As can be seen in this poem, Yasukuni Shrine was established to commemorate and honor the achievement of those who dedicated their precious lives for their country. The name "Yasukuni," given by the Emperor Meiji represents wishes for preserving peace of the nation.


 
Currently, more than 2,466,000 divinities are enshrined here at Yasukuni Shrine. These are souls of men who made ultimate sacrifice for their nation since 1853 during national crisis such as the Boshin War, the Seinan War, the Sino-Japanese and Russo-Japanese wars, World War I, the Manchurian Incident, the China Incident and the Greater East Asian War (World War II). These people, regardless of their rank or social standing, are considered to be completely equal and worshipped as venerable divinities of Yasukuni.


 
Japanese people believe that their respect to and awe of the deceased is best expressed by treating the dead in the same manner as they were alive. Hence, at Yasukuni Shrine, rituals to offer meals and to dedicate words of appreciation to the dead are repeated every day. And, twice every yearin the spring and autumnmajor rituals are conducted, on which occasion offerings from His Majesty the Emperor are dedicated to them, and also attended by members of the imperial family.


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from Yasukuni Shrine HP site Top (English), About Yasukuni Shrine and Photo Gallery (→日本語Top Page)~~~


 
The message from me (author of this Blog) to people in the world.

 

  image012.jpg Samuel Smiles said,


 
“Nations, like individuals, derive support and strength from the feeling that they belong to an illustrious race, that they are the heirs of their greatness, and ought to be the perpetuators of their glory.


 It is of momentous importance that a nation should have a great past to look back upon. It steadies the life of the present, elevates and upholds it, and lightens and lifts it up, by the memory of the great deeds, the noble sufferings, and the valorous achievements of the men of old.


  The life of nation, as of men, is a great treasury of experience, which, wisely used, issues in social progress and improvement; or, misused, issues in dreams, delusions, and failure. Like men, nations are purified and strengthened by trials.


 Some of the most glorious chapters in their history are those containing the record of the sufferings by means of which their character has been developed.


 Love of liberty and patriotic feeling may have done much, but trial and suffering nobly borne more than all.”---
From Samuel Smiles, “CHARACTER”,  pp.23-24.

 

  image014.jpg Alexander Hamilton said,


 
Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, Religion and morality are indispensable supports.


 In vain would that man claim the tribute of Patriotism, who should labour to subvert these great Pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of Men and citizens. The mere Politician, equally with the pious man ought to respect and to cherish them. A volume could not trace all their connections with private and public felicity.


 Let it simply be asked where is the security for property, for reputation, for life, if the sense of religious obligation desert the oaths, which are the instruments of investigation in Courts of Justice?


 And let us with caution indulge the supposition, that morality can be maintained without religion.


 Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education on minds of peculiar structure, reason and experience both forbid us to expect that National morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle. Tis substantially true, that virtue or morality is a necessary spring of popular government.


 The rule indeed extends with more or less force to every species of free Government. Who that is a sincere friend to it, can look with indifference upon attempts to shake the foundation of the fabric.” ---
From “The Writings of George Washington”, Vol.35, p.229.

 

  image012.jpg Edmund Burke said,


 
In this choice of inheritance we have given to our frame of policy the image of a relation in blood; binding up the constitution of our country with our dearest domestic ties; adopting our fundamental laws into the bosom of our family affections; keeping inseparable, and cherishing with the warmth of all their combined and mutually reflected charities, our state, our hearths, our sepulchers, and our altars.”--- From Edmund Burke, “Reflections on the revolution in France”, p.31-32. (『フランス革命の省察』、みすず書房、43-44頁に対応)


 
“Always acting as if in the presence of canonized forefathers, the spirit of freedom, leading in itself to misrule and excess, is tempered with an awful gravity.


 This idea of liberal descent inspires us with a sense of habitual native dignity, which prevents that upstart insolence almost inevitably adhering to and disgracing those who are the first acquirers of any distinction.


 By this means our liberty becomes a noble freedom. It carries an imposing and majestic aspect.


 It has a pedigree and illustrating ancestors. It has its bearings and its ensigns armorial. It has its gallery of portraits; its monumental inscriptions; its records, evidences, and titles.


 We procure reverence to our civil institutions on the principle upon which nature teaches us to revere individual men; on account of their age; and on account of those from whom they are descended.” ---
From Edmund Burke, “Reflections on the revolution in France”, p.32. (『フランス革命の省察』、みすず書房、45頁に対応)



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    ① 福島とチェルノブイリ~嘘と真実

 

 


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