We want to emulate Japan’s postwar reconstruction – Taliban administration spokesman 日本の戦後復興を見習いたい-タリバン政権報道官

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We want to emulate Japan’s postwar reconstruction – Taliban administration spokesman

Afghanistan’s Taliban spokesman Mujahid said on the 20th of November that Afghanistan would like to learn from Japan’s postwar reconstruction and achieve economic independence. He said that the current turmoil was inevitable after the war, and he seemed to expect the Japanese government and NGOs to cooperate in the reconstruction of Afghanistan.

Japan held the Olympic Games less than 20 years after the war, and four years later, in 1968, it became the world’s second largest economy.

Tokyo Olympic Games 1964

At a symposium on the Middle East at an UCLA where I was studying in the mid-1980s, Professor Charles Issawi, who specializes in the Arab economy at Princeton University, said that Japan’s economic development is the result of a Japanese educational tradition. At that time, the Japanese economy was in great shape, and the Japanese economy was the focus of the world’s attention. Professor Issawi said that Japan had a widespread use of terakoya education system during the Edo period, which became the basis of economic development during the Meiji period. There was no change in the tendency to emphasize education after World War II, and Human resources with technology and knowledge remained.  Furthermore, Japanese worked diligently.

It goes without saying that education and medical care are more useful in creating professions than in the military. The knowledge and skills gained through education contribute to social and economic development as seen in the reconstruction of Japan and West Germany after World War II. It is clear if you look at the development. Those two countries achieved remarkable postwar economic development by focusing on civilian demand rather than military.

According to Egyptian Ambassador Ayman Kamel, who arrived in Japan at the end of 2017, Egypt has a strong respect for Japan, which has become a developed country after recovering from the devastation of World War II, along with advanced technology.

Afghan students using Japanese school bags

If the Taliban government wants to imitate Japan’s postwar reconstruction, the Taliban and other Afghan armed groups need to make efforts to turn their weapons into pens. Afghan awareness must also emphasize education. Dr. Tetsu Nakamura’s PMS (Peace Japan Medical Service) also established a training center (training school) and accommodation facilities for trainees in Afghanistan in an attempt to leave agricultural and irrigation technology in Afghanistan. He appealed to the people of Afghanistan for the importance of technical education.

Improvements in areas such as education, medical care and welfare can increase economic productivity, reduce social unrest, reduce inequality and, as a result, build a more stable society. It also leads to the idea of ​​”human security”. We must build a fair, harmonious and efficient society through home and school education.

The Taliban administration will also have to focus on girls’ education. Girls’ education also encourages girls’ social advancement, lowers fertility rates and adjusts employment opportunities. In addition, the advancement of girls into politics and the business world will mature politics and become a driving force for economic development. If the education level of girls rises and social advancement progresses, the birth rate will decline and the number of adolescents who will be in employment will decrease. It goes without saying that the Taliban administration needs to change its awareness of education, and fostering human resources with skills and academic knowledge will lead to the reconstruction and stability of Afghanistan.



1980年代中期に留学していたアメリカの大学で中東に関するシンポジウムがあったが、その中でプリンストン大学のアラブ経済が専門のチャールズ・イッサウィ(Charles Issawi)教授は日本の経済発展は日本の教育的伝統によってもたらされたと語っていた。当時は日本の経済が絶好調の時で、日本経済は世界の注目の的だった。イッサウィ教授は、日本は江戸時代にも寺子屋教育が普及し、それが明治時代の経済的発展の基礎となったと述べたが、戦争に敗れて、国土が荒廃しても、技術や科学の知識をもつ人材は残り、教育を重視する傾向には変化がなく、日本人は勤勉に働いた。


The class at the training center that started in 2018 was 20 people in the first term, and as of June 2018, the fourth class students took the class. On the first day, Dr. Tetsu Nakamura’s general remarks will always be held using slides and videos of on-site photographs (April 16, 2018).




Girls studying at a school supported by UNICEF (Nangharhar, Afghanistan) © UNICEF_UN0309018_Kokic
ユニセフが支援する学校で学ぶ女の子たち(アフガニスタン・ナンガルハル県)© UNICEF_UN0309018_Kokic


日本経済新聞『アフガン女性の人権「懸念は現実」 マララさん、米紙に』より
Female student studying at high school in Afghanistan (April 2008) = Reuters
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