An assemblyman in Itabashi-ku, one of the 23 Special Wards in Tokyo, writes in his official blog that egoism fostered by the post-World War II education system is the root cause of this unscientific, rumor-based hysteria of the parents who want their children not to eat school lunch and instead want them to bring their own lunch boxes and water for fear of internal radiation exposure from contaminated food items used in school lunch.
45-year-old Assemblyman Yoshiyuki Motoyama‘s main message: “Those of us, who have been spared of the damage from the disaster, must share the pain of Tohoku people.”
Japan toward the end of the World War II had a national slogan: All citizens of Japan to die rather than allow surrender – 一億玉砕. Some people seem to want to re-start that campaign.
From the blog post by Yoshiyuki Motoyama, assemblyman from Itabashi-ku, Tokyo on 1/23/2012:
On Sunday column in Sankei Shinbun, there was an article. About school lunch.
School lunch started after the World War II…
Back then, there were children from poor families who couldn’t bring bento (lunch box), but…
School lunch started, and everyone get to eat together, and that built bonds and sense of solidarity, the article said.
That’s the educational meaning of school lunch, right there.
That is right now being shaken by a handful of egoists.
They mix the problem of radiation contamination after the nuclear accident…
and demand that they be given the freedom to drop out of the school lunch system because there are problems with the radiation in food items. ([They want their children to] bring bento and water to schools.)
They fight the local government without any scientific proof.
Indeed, this is the epitome of baseless rumor.
For us, the citizens of this country who escaped the damage, it is important to share the pain of people in the Tohoku disaster areas.
Removing inconvenience around them, is that all they care about?
When did such egoism take root in the Japanese people?
I get it, it’s education!
He is calling the concerned parents of children in nursery schools, kindergartens, elementary schools, middle schools, high schools who do not want their children to ingest radioactive materials in food items used in school lunch by bringing lunch boxes and bottled water, and the children themselves, egoists.
This is about half of the post, which reads like a composition by an eighth grader at best. I tried my best, but I probably didn’t do a good job of translating it at that level. My blood pressure rose too high to translate the rest of the dribble. Yes, clearly the post-war education system has been a big problem in Japan, as evidenced by this assemblyman.