“Our world is becoming more integrated every day, and people get more opportunities to see each other. Yet, developing new communication networks as such is insufficient to reduce the distance between people. I believe that each of us shall always make a first step toward the other and shall always try to understand his/her interlocutor while respecting his/her values.
I know well Atsufumi, a friend. He and Akira Foundation have set up a thriving environment that allows the people to communicate and exchange ideas in order to share the diversity and richness of their culture to a better world. Our world can only be in peace, if we know each other and talk together.”