What if Japanese consumers would boycott that sweet sugar?
What if Japanese consumers would boycott that sweet sugar? The Philippines is one of Japan's largest importers of unrefined sugar, following Thailand and Australia. We could set up questions and hypotheses as to this issue. First, introducing the then dining scenery at a sugar cane industry. The clanking of beer bottles and wine glasses, lively music, a sumptuous buffet on the table. Then, beyond a wall. No food on the table, no wine to drink, no live music but small sobs from hungry children ──. One is a landlord's family, and one is a peasant's. Clarizza Singson, the author of "A Letter from Negros──On the Island of Massacre and Oppression" at the Japanese monthly magazine "SEKA
I(世界)," actually saw above complete opposite fa
milies many times in her childhood at Hacienda, which is the farm ruled by a landlord, on Negros Island, the Philippines. However, that is not a story of the past. It is considered that the Hacienda system brings about economic/political/social/cultural/technical contradictions: poverty, discrimination, inequality under law, extrajudicial killing (EJK), and others. Singson addressed this complicated and deep-rooted theme in "A Letter from Negros," untangling tight knotted line very well. And, she detailed the history, political policy, and the harsh situation that the farmers have been tied to the Hacienda with some ever-unknown example. Without understanding the land-reform issue, it would be difficult to grab the background of tragedic incidents at Negros. Singson's "A Letter" has won good responses successfully since its first story. Kayoko Teshigawara and I, the contributors to the translation, are really happy with the responses.