I am Toshio Nagahisa, a member of the Board of Pangaea. I have been
acquainted with Yumiko for almost 20 years. We met each other when we
were studying at UCLA as (young) graduate students, although our majors
were different. Her major was Pedagogy and mine, Political Science.
I had a chance to meet with Mr. Tokuo Kitamura, a composer who has
survived the World Wide II as a member of the suicide corps. He founded
'TAIYO NO KAI' with his personal fund with the idea that the young people
of the world need to understand each other from the time of growing up
in order to avoid the tragedy of the war in the world. He had projects
such as music activities and painting exhibitions and so on. The timing
made his activity hard to expand as there was lack in the means of
When I first heard about the Pangaea project, what I had in my mind
was that the Pangaea was the same idea as 'TAIYO NO KAI' and that
the timing was so right that we are now in the IT era. From the stand
point of the political science, it is rather difficult to say, the bond
the children would have with each other would eliminate the disputes and
the war, but there are possibilities, or rather, there is new hope right
here, I thought.
Konosuke Matsushita, the founder of PANASONIC also created PHP Research
Institute Inc. wishing to pursue and materialize the peace, happiness
and prosperity which he believed that we human beings were all given at
our heart but did not know how to maintain them, as he was going through
the tough times Japan faced after the World War II. PHP stands for
the initials of "Peace, Happiness and Prosperity." Publishing operation
is also a part of this activity.
I realize TAIYO NO KAI, NPO Pangaea and PHP fundamentally share the same
idea and I believe that we would also have many associates out there both
in Japan and in the world.
Toshio Nagahisa, Pangaea Member of the Board
Director /Member of the Board, Second Research Division,
PHP Research Institute, Inc.