The Chinese government has been clamping down on several ethnic groups, and some of them are about to be cleansed, or in other words, destroyed. For example, Inner Mongol is on the verge of losing its own language because China has recently ordered the region to change the official language from Mongolian to Chinese. On October 1, the National Day of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) which is also the anniversary of the founding of the PRC, representatives of the ethnic groups living in Japan gathered at the Diet Members’ Office Building to protest against the Chinese government’s oppression. More than 10 ethnic groups participated in this gathering. They are from Tibet, Uyghur, Hong Kong, Inner Mongol, etc. These are China’s autonomous regions or special administrative region (Hong Kong). This gathering was held in close contact with other gatherings having the same purpose which were held in more than 70 places in about 20 countries around the world on the same day. I served as a coordinator of the participants of the Japanese Diet members.
Representatives of these ethnic groups appealed to the audience the cruelty of the Chinese government’s oppression, and the stories they shared with us were so horrible that they gave me the shivers. It is difficult for the Japanese people, who have been brought up in a peaceful and democratic society after the Second World War, to believe that this is really happening. More than 10 Diet members and I participated in the gathering, and we encouraged the ethnic group members to hang on and continue their movements.
In my opening speech, I said, “We should not allow China’s oppression of ethnic groups. Let’s recall and keep to ‘the Universal Declaration of Human Rights’ adopted by the UN General Assembly back in 1948. I strongly oppose China’s President Xi Jinping’s visit to Japan as a state guest. Otherwise, Japan will be regarded as a country that supports China’s oppression of the ethnic groups and violation of human rights. In relation to the above-mentioned declaration on human rights, the UN’s ‘Sustainable Development Goals’ (SDGs) listed in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (the 2030 Agenda) is very important. The world population in 2020 is 7.7 billion, and human rights along with environment and other issues are expected to improve tremendously, following the SDGs principle “Leave no one behind.” Since this is not merely a domestic goal but an international goal, the Diet and the Japanese people should strengthen the tie between the two and work together toward achieving the SDGs.”