Mr. Bunmei IBUKI, the former Speaker of the House of Representatives, reflected on the situation prevailing in 1949 when the Japanese Diet Committee for World Federalist Movement was established and recalled the difficult environment. He lived daily life helping out each other within his family during the turmoil after the Second World War. Mr. IBUKI pointed out that while the Japanese politicians decided to aim at establishing the World Federation as an ideal goal reflecting on what Japan had done, he pointed out that that the world situation had since become volatile and fluid where the European Union (EU), which was founded with the same philosophy as the World Federation, was facing problems while the United States, led by a particular kind of leader, was losing its relative power. Mr. IBUKI declared that the unstable world order had caused the world’s most serios crisis where the power of international organizations was made extremely weak and in a critical state. While expecting a hint from Mr. HASEGAWA on how to regain the authority of international organizations, Mr. IBUKI recognized that many leaders often walked back and forth between the reality and their ideals. Mr. IBUKI expressed a hope that political leaders not only in the United States and China but also in the world community at large would regain the spirit that this world is one in which we should not lose sight of the ideal in facing the reality.
From right to left: Masaharu NAKAGAWA, Former Minister of Education, Science and Sports, Member of the Democratic Party for the People; Mr. Bunmei IBUKI; Mr. Seishiro ETO, Chair of the Japanese Parliamentary Committee for the World Federalist Movement, Member of the Liberal Democratic Party: and Professor Sukehiro HASEGAWA, Chair of the Commission on Global Governance and Former Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations
Source: Secretariat, the Parliamentary Committee for World Federation