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Message of Encouragement to Commemorate Site Launch

Message of Encouragement to Commemorate Site Launch

Religious scholar YAMAORI Tetsuo

When I first heard these words, I couldn't sleep well for shock: “The country in the world that wastes the most food is….Japan"

How did that happen? Then I realized that when I walk around town I see signs advertising ‘All you can drink" or" All you can eat." What this usually means is “drink too much" and “eat too much", or “leftover food" and “leftover drink".

In our society, we used to use clever and thoughtful words like “Mottainai (what a waste)" or “Hara-hachibu (eat in moderation)." But these words became obsolete, and we were left with the stigma of being the country in the world that wastes the most food.

Then I admonish myself that both the makers and consumers of food must both take more care. That is, don't cook too much, eat too much or drink too much.

If we do that, we won't need to struggle with jawbreaking terms like “low-carbon society". We easily catch on to new styles from foreign countries, and have lost our original lifestyle. We should not keep repeating this kind of foolishness over and over.

Luckily, the word “Mottainai" has become familiar thanks to Wangari Maathai, an environmentalist from Africa. In future, we can add to this other wisdom of the ancients such as "Hara-hachibu (eat in moderation)", to create international words of wisdom.

The original text of this article is Japanese.

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