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Changing the world

House of Councillors election is approaching in Japan.

There will be the gubernatorial election in Tokyo.

I often hear, “Nothing will change even if I vote”. But there is one thing that did change after I vote in the election: It is my consciousness.

I considered who is the best candidate and voted. Even after the election is over, I care about whether I selected the right person.

If someone, who I voted for, isn’t elected, I care about what he/she is like.

If I lose interest, thinking”whoever is elected, nothing will change”, that lead to a government of politics for the politicians.

There’s one more thing that changed. I don’t depend too much on politics. It may sound like a contradiction.

I came to think that each and every person takes responsibility to create a better world. So, I started to take action that I can do even a little.

If politicians take initiative, change will be accelerated.

Even if the result is always the same, why don’t you take a chance? (TN: believe in the possibility of transformation)

Japanese politicians have a huge salary. Political structure may have some flaws. But, if you don’t choose, nothing will change, that I think.

The world doesn’t change overnight. I don't want you to miss the opportunity to change the world.

I will vote for the candidate who doesn’t give economy the top priority.

Well, the so called ‘Tanikun’ (succulent plant) (Taniku shokubutsu) bloomed four flowers this year.


When strolling around the neighbourhood, I found this buddies. The world of plant life is slowly changing, too.

A little while ago, Loquat was in season and parakeets on the electric cable were eating them ravenously every morning. There were four of them..

While eating Loquat from the farm, “Sakuma Kusafu Noen” from which I always order vegetables,

I watched parakeets eating Loquat, too. Those were very comfortable days.

The "Monthly Nigata Komachi”, in which I write a column, was issued this month, too.

I referred to Agriculture this time.

I hope you might try it.


Hayato Uchiyama

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