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Speeches

As we welcome a new decade, we march forward and muster collective courage to speak up against the abuses of our time. This is not the time for silent dissent and inaction. This is not the time for hate and division. This is the time for allowing our peoples to speak truth to power. This is the time to be one united legion.”

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“The questions before us are crystal clear: How do we ensure mutual cooperation? How do we get multilateral institutions to make positive interventions? How do we begin to listen more attentively to people?”

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The world illuminated by the ideals of interdependence, mutual prosperity, and universal values is one where true heaven and earth have opened its doors, with peace flowing like a river and harmony blooming everywhere.”

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“Peace is, of course, not the end of war, but to live in harmony with each other. To be able to live in harmony is to be able to interact with one another regardless of our differences, and we cannot do that without loving each other.”

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“Human rights and freedoms are universal; a sense of perception is given to each individual – no matter in which country, in what culture and religion. When we say “human rights,” do we mean – at least in this hall – the same thing?”

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“I’ve been asked to speak about peace-building, and the process of peace-building, with particular emphasis on the ongoing efforts of the Trump administration and its allies to advance the cause of peace on the Korean peninsula, to prevent further nuclearization in North Korea, and to encourage the evolution of the Kim regime away from its rogue-state status.”

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“As I told my brothers and sisters at the WCLC Inaugural Convocation last December, I will organize a Japan Clergy Leadership Conference (JCLC) in Japan that can contribute to the development of the WCLC. JCLC will be the keystone of reconciliation among religions.”

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“We cannot express in words the horrors of wars and conflicts that have arisen repeatedly, creating religious, racial and ideological barriers throughout the 6,000 biblical years of history. In addition, because of human greed and selfishness, not only humanity but also the environment is suffering. The reality is that we can no longer be onlookers.”

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“Peace is the ground upon which sustainable development is built. It is the atmosphere in which prosperity and other virtues like love and justice and equality can blossom. This is why everybody has to volunteer to promote peace, no matter our role and status in our societies. It is for this reason that I say that women are critical stakeholders in peacebuilding.”

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“Women’s participation in decision making has, unfortunately, not been an area where progress has been notable. Equality in participation and decision-making in society at all levels, from grassroots to governmental positions, is important.”

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“We can no longer say to each other, "your side of the boat is sinking;" we have to solve issues together. If there is a common problem, we have to find a common solution.”

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“A tunnel between Japan and Korea would improve not only the international distribution of goods but also global environmental issues.”

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