His family from the left Mr. Tagawa Masahisa ( his son ) Shimako ( his mother ) Junko ( his wife )
Asaminami ward, Hiroshima city
We must reconsider the present educational
The days at the Hamburg Japanese School in Germany
| Seemingly resembled but unlike countries,
Germany and Japan|
After returning to Japan from Germany where he worked for three years as a teacher at the Hamburg Japanese School from April, 1981, Mr. Tagawa began to teach his pupils a sense of internationalism. Two years ago, he co-published a book compiling his own educational practices. His report in the book was highly evaluated as 'a practice of international understanding rooted in the local area' and won education awarding from the National Education Study Union.
Also, he took a graduate school entrance examination of the School Education Study Department, Hiroshima University at 38 years old and passed the examination.
In March, 1995, he received his master's degree as the oldest student in his class.
Mr. Tagawa said, "In Germany, if one only utter words doubting about
the historical fact of the Nazi genocide of Jewish people, it is a crime.
German and Japan, both which were defeated in the war, are respectively
related to Auschwitz and the A-bomb by which a great many civilian lives
I always felt my mother's prayer for
With Mr. You Ming Zhe/front
With Hiroshima Youth Peace Committee members in Korea/the third from the left
At a Chinese Hall in Malaysia/center
Talking with citizens of Chinese descent in Singapore/the right
| Friendship cherished throughout
Mr. Tagawa visited fifteen countries in Europe, four Asian countries such as South Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, and China. He observed first hand various faces of their people, cultures, life and historical views. "Many times I heard it was said, 'How we wished another A-bomb drop in Hiroshima!' I was also bitterly criticized many times by Asian people because of their anti-Japanese feeling. I was often tempted not to listen to their criticism.
At the same, however, I won many friends and built irreplaceable friendships. Among them is Mr. You Ming Zhe, a Chinese friend of mine."
Mr. You was bombed while he was studying at Hiroshima University. He was seriously injured and returned home with a lot of difficulties, only to find his friends and his acquaintances were killed by an invading Japanese army. His native town was destroyed to pieces.
He has been suffering for fifty years from after effects of the A-bomb, such as an internal organ disease, feelings of extreme weariness, anemia and so on.
The Japanese government, however, made neither allowances nor compensation for Chinese and other Asians, including Mr. You, who had experienced the bombing. The government also pretended. to be ignorant of their responsibility for the invasion and they were so mean as to try to hide their deeds and to hush up the pain of the people who had suffered from the bombing and the invasion.
But Mr. You, talked to Mr. Tagawa with a smile when they first met. "Hiroshima is my second hometown. The friendship I cherished with the people of Hiroshima will never change," said Mr. You.
A warm feeling came into Mr. Tagawa's heart. The friendship once built will never be destroyed no matter what may happen ...."I was very, very happy to hear his words," said Mr. Tagawa.,
"I learned the true meaning of integrity as a human-being from him." Mr. Tagawa, who persistently has been telling 'a heart of peace' in the classroom, sometimes makes use of the opportunities to tell his experiences abroad as well as the misery caused by the bombing. Hearing the story of Mr. Tagawa, one boy murmured, "The world seems becoming narrower and narrower. All of us are friends."
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