Resident, RELNET CORP.
■The Unhappiness started from Genoa Summit
It is an old story, but I would like to turn it to the last summer
as one hint is hidden when we think about the change of the world
situation after the September 11th. The warm front rose extraordinary
early this spring all over Japan. It is lack of scientific ground
to judge 'it is getting warmer on the earth' by the phenomenon of
a specific area of one single year. The cherry-blossom in my garden
was hanging on to the tree as if it had celebrated my son's entrance
into a junior high school. However, what I most surprised was that
green frogs loosed (or living) in the garden started croaking already
(the new record of the first croak on the 31st of March).
The below is my letter of request dated July 21st addressed to the
President George W. Bush. This letter might be a clue to think about
this issue. (There is a department to receive letters from the citizen
as American political tradition. Because this department was aimed
as a target, the 'anthrax' became a big issue.)
July 21, 2001
H.E. George W. Bush
President of the United States of America
Dear Mr. President;
I, Yoshinobu Miyake, would like you and your government to
ratify the Kyoto Protocol concluded in the Third Conference
of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate
Change, in December 1997, that the United States also attended
to decide each country's amount of greenhouse gas emission.
It's the urgent challenge for all the creatures on this planet
as well as human beings to prevent global warming at the earliest
possible opportunity. It's so serious issue that whatever differences
of race, nationality, ethnic, religion, culture, language, or
political system becomes a trifle.
Now, the United States with the largest greenhouse gas emission
tries to keep competitive advantage of your industry seeking
only immediate gain. Moreover, your country not only denies
ratifying the Kyoto Protocol, but also declares seceding from
the international society. I have to regard your action as egoism
abandoning the status and honor of "the world leader"
that your nation is proud with.
I would like to require you, with our deepest with to prevent
further deterioration of environment, to act harmoniously with
governments and nations in the world, to return to the framework
of the Kyoto Protocol immediately, and to make the Protocol
effective in 2002.
President and CEO,
The reason I sent such letter of request to the President of the
United States was that the 27th G8 Summit Meeting was held in Genoa,
Italy, at that time and the re-conference of COP6 was being in progress
as well. (Note: COP6 = the 6th Conference of Parties to the United
Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change was held in Bonn, Germany,
a year before. Some problems they had left during this conference
was solved in the Summit and they were under the final discussion
aiming at the effectuation of "Kyoto Protocol" in 2002.)
This Genoa Summit, as we can see it from that NGO groups who were
against 'the Globalization' went there in large numbers and tried
to prevent it. It gave us an impression: the developed countries have
been leading the world to a favorable direction, but the idea itself
is coming to an end. The main eight countries (G8) completed "the
declaration", and regarding the Kyoto Protocol to prevent global
warming, they wrote it clearly 'the disagreement of opinions' among
each countries on the basis of the fact that there was still the conflict
between America and Europe. As a result, the declaration was limited
to mention that 'they would cooperate to achieve the common objectives'
to reduce greenhouse gas emission. (Note: This is obviously against
the Kyoto Protocol.) Moreover, the usual items 'Disarmament, Nuclear
Non-Proliferation and Arms Control' were deleted and it brought into
relief the limitation of cooperative system of G8. Of course, this
was caused by Bush's doctrine of national benefit in America started
The G8 communique consists of 1) strategic approach to reduce poverty
in developing countries, 2) investment for future, 3) further prosperity
in the society where every social class takes part in and so on. In
the preamble, they emphasize that 'we decide that the globalization
will help especially the poor in the world'. Also, they regard the
action done by those who were anti-globalization and prevented from
opening Genoa Summit as 'the prevention done by a few of violent people'
and mentioned that they do not admit it. However, it is clear that
those objections were done not only by the minority group. From world-wide
view, it is apparent that only a small percentage of people can get
the wealth by the globalization, while the majority of them will be
in narrow circumstances. After the G8 Summit, the people all over
the world were astonished by an intense protest against the globalization
on the basis of American standard. Needless to say it was the 'September
■President Bush is the "Enemy of Human Race"
Since September 11th, for about 3 months, Americans paid their attention
to the war in Afghanistan (a retaliation war on the plea of 'operations
of arresting Osama bin Laden') and the anthrax panic in their country.
On the other hand, an important international conference was being
held which would decide the fate of planet in the 21st century. However
I wonder if it was a plot of the Bush administration who opposed the
conference itself, as long as I watched news in Japan, it was pity
to be reported merely about the seventh Conference of Parties to the
United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP7). 4 years
ago, "Kyoto Protocol" was concluded in COP3 held in Kyoto
where Japan was the chair country, and an international agreement
to reduce greenhouse gas emission was made by the advanced nations
as leaders. (Japanese media reported this extensively at that time.)
The advanced nations pledged themselves internationally how much they
would reduce the gas every year respectively on the basis of their
emission of greenhouse gas (mainly carbon dioxide and CFC, so called
freon gas) at the point of 1990 and promised to prevent the climate
from changing any more.
Yoshinobu Miyake talks to Ms Junko Kawaguchi, the Foreign Minister
of the Environment Agency at that time.
This treaty (Framework Convention on Climate Change) was planned
to become effective from 2002 under the provision of "Kyoto Protocol",
but the United States amongst the main countries gave notice 'to secede
from the framework of Kyoto Protocol' in Genoa Summit. The most energy
consuming country is the United States. Nevertheless, when many countries
decided 'to make an effort to protect the environment on the global
scale at any economical cost', the most rich country in the world
(that is, consuming energy in large quantities), the United States
broke the promise, which was concluded in COP3 by the initiative of
the Vice President, Al Gore, in order to keep their convenient life
and their wealth.
Just after the September 11th, the President George W. Bush called
the leader in this case by name and said 'enemy of human race' or
'challenging for the civilization'. However, Bush administration declared
'their leaving' from the international treaty about the reduction
of the greenhouse gas which is possible to give fatal effects on either
advanced and developing countries, or either Muslim and Christian
countries, or not only human beings but also every creatures on this
planet Earth. How can we call their act but 'enemy of human race'
or 'challenging for the civilization'? The President Bush himself
was used to be a president of a oil company in Texas, so it is impossible
to ask him to reduce the energy consumption, in this case the energy
refers to fossil fuel including petroleum. His father, the former
President George Bush, intervened the territory contention between
Iraq and Kuwait and expanded it into the Gulf War involving multinational
forces, because he was closely connected with petroleum resources
on the Persian Gulf. 'Enron Scandal' by the present administration
is connected with the petroleum as well.
■Cherry Blossoms Falls with a Good Grace
The Prime Minister Jun'ichiro Koizumi behaved strangely enough to
visit to both America and Europe just before the Genoa G8 Summit.
He 'became a mediator' of his own accord between the U.S. being against
"Kyoto Protocol" and the E.U. supporting effectuation of
it. First, he went to America, not even tried to convince them but
just listened to their opinions, and he left there for Europe with
his message 'I'll tell your opinion to the E.U.'. Then, he told the
leaders of European countries including French President Jacques Chirac
'I'll tell your opinion to the United States' and came back to Japan.
In fact, the Prime Minister Koizumi did nothing special. Mr. Koizumi,
who took up a post of the prime minister just 3 months before the
Summit, could not help being ridiculed like 'He did it for his sake
to introduce himself to the world'. It was disgraceful of him.
As we can see it from their solidarity for the terrorism this time,
even they have different opinions, the relation between American and
European is like the one of 'the next doors'. Therefore, there is
no use for Japanese in intervening their relationship. Meanwhile,
as I mentioned already, now the people's interest move to the fear
of the terrorism and the war and they are not interested in how greenhouse
gas will affect badly on the planet for the next thousands year. This
situation finally will cause a more awful state of affairs than biological
and chemical terrorism.
The average temperature of March this year in Japan was exceeded
3 degrees than normal year and it hastened the bloom of cherry blossoms
unusually. As it is often pointed out, a slight rise of the average
temperature on the whole earth makes glaciers on the ground (on the
Antarctic or the each continent) melt, then the surface of the sea
starts rising. As a result, not only all the small island countries
on the Pacific, Atlantic and Indian oceans will disappear, but also
the most of the big city in the world, such as New York, Tokyo and
London, will sink to the bottom of the sea. In addition, even in the
ice age the average temperature on the earth was 5 degrees in Celsius
less than the current temperature and with such temperature the most
part of the ground was covered with glaciers. If the opposite situation
happened, the most of the Temperate Zone in the middle/high latitude
where many advanced countries are located will be possible to become
the Torrid Zone or the Subtropical Zone. This will not only affect
on the food production on the earth but also spread the tropical epidemics
such as Malaria and the damage by venomous snakes and poisonous insects.
Not only the anthrax but also every infectious disease - cholera,
typhoid fever, Malaria, Evola fever, West Nile Virus and so on - will
worry the most of the advanced countries. Those situations might happen,
but the United States that still think of her own profit, must not
call the other country as 'an enemy of human beings'. Without knowing
my fear of miserable future of our civilization, the cherry tree in
my garden starts falling 'with a good grace' in the summer sunshine.