I don't want to take out such a national life insurance that the country protects me when the country is peaceful, and the country uses my life to protect it wh

Yoko Tawada



The writer living in Germany says that in the first place a country and life are not options of which we have to choose either. What is required for politics is to protect human rights, not life. She also intends to carefully analyze how various cultures have understood the concept of "a human being" they call. From visiting class, "Life And A human Being" ("Twenty-first-century Issues You Think With High School Students" edited by Toko Gakuen Junior High School and High School).  


"June 15  2019

from “Oriori no Kotoba” by Kiyokazu Washida, The Asahi Shimbun"