Kazoku Game; Ep04 - The amazing long speech.
“Let me give you an example from history class. From start of civilization until now, what is most important to us should be the area of contemporary history. However, why does the teaching of this area ended so abruptly in the third semester of school? The assassination of the prime minister that occurred less than a hundred years ago was only given a few lines in the history textbook. But under what circumstances and motivations was he being assassinated – these are the things that we are supposed to study and learn, aren’t they? However, no one thinks that it is inappropriate or problematic that we are not learning all that. This is because of even if education is through rote learning; the society appears to be indifferent and continues to operate as per normal. But this would eventually result in the loss of individual identity; we do not even understand ourselves. And there will be a loss of self-confidence and fright of battling and the start of adhering to other people. One most classical example being people get toyed with by the Media and we can only used the limited and bias information that we obtained to make decisions, to criticize. Unknowingly and unconsciously, we are rid of our own identity and become these weaklings who cannot live without leaning on others for support.“
T/N: I am in awe at the length of lines Sho has to memorize and articulate. And I really have to applaud the scriptwriters for such an excellent piece of reflection on the society.
Haven’t seen Kazoku yet but this entire speech right here is what’s wrong with Japan. Among many other stuff in their society that rarely gets addressed because Japanese people, as a culture, have the habit of glossing over unpleasant things and pretending it didn’t happen.