日本語 Home
Autumn frost designates late autumn frost and denotes a severe situation for individuals unaccustomed to the cold.
Archives
2019
vol.51 Clossing the Line
vol.50 Institutional Fatigue
vol.49 Reason and Emotion
2018(4)
2017(3)
2016(3)
2015(3)
2014(4)
2013(3)
2012(3)
2011(7)
2010(6)
2009(5)
2008(4)
2007(3)
Vol.51 Crossing the Line
April 19,2019
 In Japan, a temple chief priest had taught letters and arithmetics to general people in each region until the Warring States period. This is the origin of Terakoya, a private elementary school in the Edo period. That is why monks at that time were highly respected and even treated special in the samurai society.

 When Japan entered the Meiji period, new occupations were established as roles in the country's system, such as teachers, police officers, and professional soldiers, followed by judges, prosecutors, and lawyers, and started earning some respect for having the moral responsibilities of society.

 However, what is happening to the Japanese society now? It is true that today's information-oriented system helps reveal buried scandals, but so many crimes, such as fraud, assault, tax evasion, and disgraceful offense, committed by these professionals have recently made headlines across the country.

 One of them is a murder done by a police officer a few years ago. Unlike other murder cases by a police officer or due to a love-hate relationship, this was unbelievable because he entered a house that he once visited for investigation and killed a man living there just to get money to play with. In another crime, a junior high school teacher in Tokyo was arrested for soliciting high school girls in an escort service.

 Both stories gave me an impression that "an ordinary person crossed the line."

 Having earthly desires, everyone has a possibility to commit a crime but normally refrains from actually doing it. I think that respectful professionals including Buddhist monks never do a crime because of their "pride" and "conscience."

 These two crimes may be telling us that there is an urgent need to establish an educational and work environment where each person can proudly follow the morals of society.
End.
Masaru Sugaya

Copyright© 2019 Niccho Inc. ALL rights reserved.