F's Seminar 2020

  • Ai HARAGUCHI (B4)

  • Akira KITAGAWA (B4)

  • Kenta IDENOUE (B4)

  • Mai KIKUCHI (B4)

  • Reona FUKUHARA  (B4)

  • Sumire KIKUCHI (B4)

  • Tomoki YOKOYAMA(B4)


・久木田純, 藤井広重 「第19回東アジア国連システム・セミナー報告」国連研究 国連と大国政治 21、2020年6月.


・藤井広重「平和と公正な社会(SDG16)の実現を目指して ―野口元郎国際司法協力担当大使と宇都宮大学国際学部生による座談会― 」宇都宮大学国際学部多文化公共圏センター年報12号14 - 22頁、2020年3月.



以下の講演および研究報告の機会をいただきました。ありがとうございました。


・2020年5月25日 早稲田大学本庄高等学院 オンライン講演会「アフリカの多様性から考えるグローバルな社会と私たち:新型コロナウイルスに対してアフリカって本当に"脆弱"なの? 」.


・ 2020年6月20日 基盤研究S「アフリカ潜在力」プロジェクト、アフリカ潜在力セミナー第3回次世代調査支援報告会「 アフリカと国際刑事裁判所の位相:分析枠組みの構築に向けて 」.



ゼミ生と宇都宮国際平和と司法研究会(UIPJ)2020の学生と取り組んでいる以下のプロジェクトを大学広報にて取り上げていただきました。

・感染症と平和・人権プロジェクト

ポスター発表「エボラ出血熱の発生から終息宣言まで-私達の新しい生活様式に向けた過去からの教訓」2020.05.


  • Hiroshige FUJII

B4 Mai Kikuchi

Hello. I am Mai Kikuchi, a member of Fujii’s seminar. My study in Germany was unfortunately interrupted because of COVID-19, and I came back to Japan in March. I was so disappointed that I had to say goodbye suddenly to my friends and Germany, but now I switch my mind. These days I am joining an online class and hunting a job while staying home. In this situation, you may have fewer opportunities to eat out. Here, I would like to introduce an activity related to takeout services in Utsunomiya.

The name of the action is Miyameshi-ouentai, which is a cheering group of Utsunomiya foods. They introduce takeout services by using SNS. A feature is a system whoever can become a supporter. When you use a takeout service as a customer, you can share the information by taking pictures and uploading your Instagram with the hashtag “#みやメシ応援隊”. Then the official Instagram will repost it so the information will spread more. Of course, you can support it just by using takeout services.

This activity started with three students at Utsunomiya University. They were worrying that familiar food places would go under because of the virus situation; however, they also understood the importance of staying home. To solve these problems, it was an excellent way to introduce takeout information. Their slogan is, “Do not turn off the lights in the restaurants.”

(Picture1: The official Instagram of Muyameshi-ouentai)


In Japan, the government declared a month-long state of emergency from April to May. This declaration asks people to refrain from going out and requests restaurant owners to shorten their business hours. That is why a lot of restaurants have suffered severe economic damage. According to the Japan Foodservice Association, sales in April 2020 were 40% lower than last month. On the one hand, fast food shops that had had takeout services before this happened kept sales high. On the other hand, privately owned shops, especially bars and pubs, could sell only 5-8% compared to usual.

As you know, these shops launched new takeout services to survive; however, it is challenging to do the service known to many without preparations. When I searched the information on takeout services, it was a little annoying to find it because each shop advertises via each tool. For example, one shop advertises via Twitter, and another shop does it on their home page. From this point of view, I think Miyameshi-ouentai is giving us appropriately useful services.


(Picture2: Sri Lanka curry that I took out last week)


Nowadays, I use takeout services once a week by using their information. I am enjoying the ethnic cuisines that I cannot cook by myself. When you are tired of cooking for yourself, please remember a choice of takeout. The choice would make you happy and make restaurants happy. Thank you.

Miyameshi-ouentai [みやメシ応援隊]

-Instagram https://www.instagram.com/miyameshi_ouentai/

-Twitter https://twitter.com/miyameshiouen

-note https://note.com/miyameshi_ouen


  • Hiroshige FUJII

B4 Akira Kitagawa


From May 8th, one phrase has been making a buzz on Twitter in Japan. The phrase is #検察庁法改正法案に抗議します, which means “I oppose the revision of the public prosecutor’s office law.” Celebrities have tweeted their ideas with the hashtag, their fans or citizens have participated in it, and finally, it became a huge movement which is having 5milion tweets related to the topic. One analyst says that some of the tweets are spam; however, it is a fact that a huge number of “actual persons” have tweeted or influenced.

The bill was to revise the retiring age of the superintending prosecutor, and it has suspected that prime minister Abe is trying to pass the bill to not to make a superintending prosecutor retired for smothering his illegal acts. Whereas it is just suspect, there are many “simple” images on Twitter to “explain” the suspect to people who are not interested in politics. I would not propose the suspect or its political correctness, but I would say that it is NOT correct from the viewpoint of democracy. The citizen’s interest and participation in politics are necessary for democracy. However, these should not be temporal but uninterrupted.

In Japan, the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) has been taking power for 15years, but in 2009, The Democratic Party (DP) became dominant in the parliament of Japan for three years. According to Mr. Aso, who was the prime minister at the time, “years of distrust and dissatisfaction with the LDP were expressed in the election.” In fact, the cabinet could not show an effective approach to economic issues due to the financial crisis. Therefore, people prospected the political reform and were attracted by the well-dressed manifest by the DP. This election also attracted so much attention from citizens, including the population who do not show their interest or attention to the politics in their daily lives. However, the attention or the movement was ended up with a fashion. It is shown by the data of the voting rate. It became 10% higher than the previous national election. If the new cabinet had power for a long period by the assistance of national election, it would be a great awake of our nation, but the next voting rate of the election went back to the same level. What makes matters worse, the new cabinet had failed horribly, that even liberal newspapers criticized it. According to Professor Kobayashi, Chiba University, it was because DP’s political aim and manifest were unfeasible, and they were too idealist.

Most of the things in the universe are so complex that we can not understand or realize them easily. However, some specialists make things look neat and straightforward, the media or politicians. They simplify the issues by hiding backgrounds or real aims for economic or political benefits. We all have curiosity and seeking for better lives, but there is no enough time to search or think deeper. Therefore, people tend to feel like understanding everything and choosing the right choice.

Democracy is based on uninterrupted interest and participation in politics. We do not call the temporal political interest as a democracy, but ochlocracy. There is no right to the people doing “fashionable political movement,” which were influenced by simplified images, or explanation by the “professionals,” even when they see a real evil. We should have learned what will happen if they show the capricious interest. Even ancient Greeks know it.

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