Following the SBS screen Tanaka Tetsuro wrote
“I’m very happy. so many people have positive response to my struggle. Each one may have own struggle for social justice.
You have encouraged me . Thank you very much.
Sadly my translation speed isn’t quick but I would like do to Japanese.”
I saw the TV documentary about your oppression by OKI.
Firstly you have my utmost respect for your brave stand against
Secondly when I think of your struggle, I think of you as the
modern version of Gandhi (from India) or Mandela (from South
Africa). But do you realize your struggle is much more difficult
to overcome than theirs? Let me explain why.
Gandhi or Mandela has the support of the majority
crowd. They appealed to the poor which form the majority during
those eras. The poors have nothing to lose when supporting either
Gandhi or Mandela.
You are fighting for the middle class which dont form
the majority. Furthermore they dont identify with your struggle nor
they appreciate your efforts. Most of them are either just “cowards”
or they have alot to lose if they fight against corporation fascism.
Also you must remember corporation fascism is the new emperor
of the world (not just japan). You are fighting against a very
powerful beast that can even overthrow a small country and poses
significant threat to big countries.
So my point is if you want to fight this beast as a pacifist,
you somehow have to get the crowd to be sympathetic to your cause.
And that is the reason why your fight has taken so long to achieve
I hope I have not discourage you anyway but you will now have
a clearer idea of what your future strategy should be. Anyway this
is just my humble opinion or analysis of your problem.
I wish you all success in your struggle. If you win the war one day,
you will not only bring a new world order in Japan but the whole world!
Your struggle will bring about a world peace greater than that can
bring by United Nations!
I also admired your wife and your Mom. They stand by you.
They are very beautiful women with a big heart. You should
be proud of them. Your kids are also very very brave.
I was fortunate to stumble upon a documentary on SBS tv sydney last night concerning you.
I was extremely moved by your story and just wanted to say how much I greatly admire what you have done and what you continue to do.
Your life story makes me very happy but at the same time very sad as well.
Sad because it hurts to watch people with great wisdom and knowledge be treated so badly.
Since I was a child I have always been fascinated with the Japanese people and their culture.
Mainly due to the technology and animation that your country produces.
I have always wanted to travel to Japan but had no real reason to justify polluting the atmosphere with jet fuel to get there.
After watching last nites film about you I have a very good reason to go to Tokyo.
One day I hope to be able to visit you.
However I must overcome some personal demons before I can be in a position to travel.
Your story has given me a motivation I have never felt before and I hope I can use it to kickstart my recovery.
Thank You Tanaka san
I am an aeroplane fanatic. Especially WW2 era. My signature below is a lyric from a song by a British electronic band called “The Prodigy”. It is not my intention to offend with a reference to war. Apologies in advance sir
If I was in World War II
They’d call me Spitfire
My wife and I watched the documentary about your struggle last night.
We live in Tasmania, she is Japanese and I lived and taught in Japan
for about ten years.
We are well aware of the problems of regimentation that all Japanese
workers face. Whether this regimentation is enforced by a company, or
a government agency, the aim is
always the same: to create an obedient, and therefore efficient and
I love Japan, I love the Japanese people. Maybe one day they will be
able to shake off the bonds of bureaucracy. We admired your struggle,
and that of the people who
Maybe some day when we are visiting Japan we can come and see you in
Take care, and good luck.
I hope you are well. I watched the film about you on Australia television last night and just wanted to say that you are an inspiring man and I hope you keep up the struggle.
I also play guitar (not very well) and I used to live in Korea so I understand a little of the differing work cultures that exist in that part of the world and how it can adversely affect workers.
I work as a migration agent in Australia now obtaining visas for foreigners coming to Australia so if you or your family ever need advice please contact me.
All the best.
Hello Mr. Tanaka,
Last night on Australian television I saw the film featuring you, “Tanaka-san will not do callisthenics”.
I was very moved when I watched the film, and I wanted to take the time today to write to you to tell you how much I admire your drive and determination. I also admire your children, and the obvious love and support that they show you.
I especially liked your song “The Wind”.
Maybe one day you could move to Australia. We don’t like authority here, I think you’d fit right in J
Thank you for your time. Good luck with your continuing struggle. I wish you all the best.
My husband and I saw documentary on your struggle last night on TV. We just wanted to send this email to you to pass on our support. It is a very brave stance you have taken but change can only happen when one person says “No”.
It must be a lot of work to translate your website into English but it worth it so we can respond. However on the page “Do you want to meet me” the link doesn’t go to the map ? thought you might like to know.
Val and David
I watched the documentary film on SBS tv in Sydney, Australia. I used to work in South Korea before migrating to
Australia, and I am 100 percent sympathetic to your experience and ordeal you have come through.
I support and cheer for your righteous activity!
Sent from my BlackBerryR smartphone on 3
Film I saw on SBS Australia
My Japanese comment was deleted as junkmail(is it because I included my website and mail address?). So I write in English this time. I also refused to sing Japanese national anthem during my high school days, and refused to attend graduate ceremonies both in Japan and Australia. As a uni student, I was involved in Student activism protesting against discriminations and Viet Nam war in particular. So when I heard you sing “international”, it brought back a flood of memories. Both my parents were devoted socialists who always gave to the less fortunate, and I grew up learning about negative aspects of Japan such as Feudalism, discrimination against the poor, women, untouchables, etc. With the idea of teaching a child to think for himself, to stand up with his own feet, I became a teacher in Japan. Needless to say, changing the educational system from within was not particularly easy! So I left Japan trotting around the world alone (this was not easy for a woman alone in 70′s) and now I live in Australia. It would be nice to be able to communicate with your fellow supporters to discuss issues reagarding education. My world view, my philosophy may be a little different from those of yours, but I think that there are so many similarities in our approach to our life (stubborness as well). I was moved by your film and also felt that I found a friend. I will post my contact details if requested. Kimie
Dear Tanaka San – my apologies for not being able to communicate with you in Nihongo; I studied in Japan 30 years ago & have now forgotten everything!
I saw your Documentary last night & was extremely impressed by the DIGNITY of your Human Rights struggle against Corporate-Fascism in Japan … which is even more insidious than Corporate-Fascism in Australia.
Throughout the so-called First World working people are being reduced to the status of COMMODIFIED-DISPOSABLE FACTORS in the capitalist production process … your particular case is a classic exemplar of this insidious process.
Please keep up the good work.
Kind regards, Joe
I have just finished watching the film made about your struggle. I admire you for your strength and determination. I have been to Japan twice during the past four years. I am very aware of how important it is for Japanese people to conform and to always do the “right thing”. Part of Japan’s economic success is probably due to the rigid control that the Japanese corporations have over their employees. But it is obviously at a terrible cost to those same employees.
My two visits to Japan have been to see my son and his family. He works as an English teacher at an International Kindergarten. He teaches children from 2 years old to 6 years old. His wife is Japanese and they have two beautiful children. The girl Hilda is 5, and the boy Simon is 2. Hilda speaks both Japanese and English. Simon speaks some Japanese and some English. He mixes them up a bit And a third child is due in June!
My son loves Japan and the Japanese people. However, he does worry about his children growing up in such a rigid society. He is also a very stubborn person, like you He would like his children to grow up being able to question things and not have their personality suppressed. I remember when I was there last, about 6 months ago, we were discussing Japanese workers and his Japanese wife said that workers in Japan were like robots.
In the film you said that your sons never argued with you. Well, in Australia most children are not afraid to argue with their parents. I have 5 children and none of them are afraid to talk back to me Mind you, this lack of fear of authority has its disadvantages too.
I was a full time high school teacher but now I just do some part time teaching. Young people today have very little respect for authority so it makes teaching a very difficult job here. Just because children do as they like at home, they think they can do and say what they like at school too. Not all of the children are like this, of course.
I have read the material on your web site and have found it very informative. In fact, I will tell my son about it. He will be very interested.
I congratulate you on your struggles and wish you every success for the future.
Hello Tetsuro, & Family,
I watched the Film about your life, on Channel SBS Melbourne, Australia
You are an Amazing man !!!!
We have a name for you in our Culture,……… You are a free spirit…
I admire you, & your Family very much…..
You’re a Hero in my eyes, & a Hero to many people around The World….
I have The Greatest Respect For your wife, & sons…….
You have an Amazing Family
Tetsuro you’re Fighting The Good Fight, And You have WON !!!….
I send You Big Smiles ……. From Australia
With Respect And Smiles
When The Going gets Tough
The Tough Get Going
Hi Mr Tanaka,
I just called you from Sydney, Australia while watching the television documentary on OKI Electric Co. I also wrote an email to them.
I saw your movie last night and I thought it was great. You are an inspiration to oppressed workers in Japan and around the world. Your family are also great people. Keep up the good work. I’m not planning on coming to Japan but if I ever do I will visit you.
All the best and keep up the good fight.
Chief cook and bottle washer
Hello mate. Well I can see you are being deluged with mail from Australia. But I do hope you might get a chance to read this at some stage. I’ll probably be travelling to Ogikubo in August, and if I do, I would love to sit down and chat with you over a beer or two:)
You and I have had rather similar experiences, and we have reacted in rather similar ways. We’ve both been sacked for protesting against corporate fascism. We’ve both taken our struggle to court and seen how they are on the side of the corporations. But we will not give in . We are not beaten and we will not be beaten. We are happy to be ourselves rather than company robots.
I’d love to hear from you. You can write in English or Japanese, but if it’s in Japanese, my wife will have to translate for me.
Ps By your tenacity, you show that the human spirit is by nature free.
I just wanted to say that when i hear a story like yours i am utterly inspired. It is rare to see a man of such deep conviction, if everybody had these values the world would be truly just. I wish you all the best in your battle.
You are a true inspiration thank you! A great film on SBS!
Loved the film congrats to all who were involved I to join you in spirit Keep after the buggers David
Your documentary was very insightful. It is great to see that your actions can be seen around the world because of this documentary. I wish you all the best in the future and hope that you can win your fight against OKI.
Having seen the documentary on SBS, you are a very kind person. Although I live in Australia, I will join you in spirit at the front of the OKI building.
We also watched the show on SBS tonight and have great admiration for your struggle and strength of conviction. My view is that people like you help keep the wheels of democracy on track ever so slightly that it is impossible to derail without an uproar from all of us.
In many ways the truth of OKI is how many organisation treat people today – we don’t have calesthenics we have cubicles.
Well done and when we come to Japan we will see you.
I also just watched your documentary on Australian television and was amazed by your tenacity. The footage from the stockholders meeting was especially frustrating and moving. I sincerely hope that this documentary succeeds in raising awareness about your efforts and shames Oki.
I just watched your documentary on SBS in Australia. Actually, I am from Bhutan and I studied in Japan for two years. I was there last year and I wish I had a chance to meet you then. I think you are a very special man and I wish you all the best. I also play guitar but I think you are better than me.