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“A Letter from Negros: On the Island of Massacre and Oppression of the latest issue of “SEKAI”

(from FB page of Hideaki Kimura) She has literally risked her life to write this letter. Clarizza Singson reported their difficult circumstances at the second story of "A Letter from Negros: On the Island of Massacre and Oppression (original title: ネグロスからの手紙──虐殺と弾圧の島で)" of the latest issue of "SEKAI (世界)," which is one of the leading monthly magazines in Japan. The theme of this letter is COVID-19. "While I do not doubt that the virus is a killer, but I also believe that many are likelier to die of hunger because government aid has been slow to trickle in"──. As she revealed in the article, the situation in Negros is getting worse due to coronavirus. Besides, the government's inadequate aid is doing far worse damage to ordinary people, especially sugar workers called "Sakada." That's not all. Her article says the military lockdown has threatened their human rights as well. The Philippines is one of Japan's largest importers of unrefined sugar, following Thailand and Australia. The sugar workers in Negros Island, very much relevant to the Japanese consumer, struggle to survive. Kayoko Teshigawara, a researcher at the university, and I contributed to the translation into Japanese. Kayoko also wrote a relevant article.


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