TAJIMA SHINJI - A SYMBOL OF PAK-JAPAN FRIENDSHIP:
Business Recorder (editor-in-chief M.A. Zuberi)
Wednesday April 4 2007
Tajima Shinji, educationist, is visiting Pakistan these days and presently
staying here in the capital. A special evening was organised on March. 21
at the Institute of Educational Research.
His literary contribution imbued with humanism and uplifting of the
downtrodden segments of the society was highly acclaimed by the august
assembly of his admirers consisting of art and literary figures.
He was declared the most popular "ambassador of friendship" between
Pakistan and Japan. Pakistan and Japan share mutual friendship: The
products in areas of textile, transportation and electronics are the
most popular household articles in Pakistan. Besides, the cultural
exchanges between the two countries have also been playing a vital role
in cementing bilateral ties between the two countries. The name of
Tajima Shinji stands distinct among those who relentlessly served for
the cause of mutual friendship.
A decade ago he came to Pakistan and joined the Literacy Commission of
Pakistan (now defunct) as its advisor. He introduced a promising
project of establishing ten thousand non-traditional schools for poor children
in the rural areas of the country. Besides his educational pursuits, he
also organised a number of exhibitions of his paintings mostly
projecting the nuclear devastation in Japan in mid-40s.
His short stories on ecological health, oceanography and wild life were
most popular in the kid readership in Pakistan. All of his literary
books have been translated in over 25 languages of UNO member states.
The strong love and deep attachment with the poor budding folks and the
book culture took Tajima Shinji to Pakistani prisons to establish
libraries for juvenile prisoners with the title of "Kiran" library.
The first library of its series was established in November 2000 Adiala
Jail, Rawalpindi. Tajima Shinji told about his project. "The Kiran
Library aimed to foster ray of hope among the juvenile prisoners for a
peaceful and law abiding life. With such grooming when a child prisoner
is released out of the jail, it is expected that he would play a vital
role in the development of his society."
In 2000 there were over 7000 children in 70 jails of the country. About
200 kids were in the age bracket of 10 to 18 years. All of them were
the victims of social injustice and brutality. During his stay in Pakistan
Tajima Shinji is scheduled to visit various juvenile prisons in the
country for the donation of valuable books there.
Copyright Business Recorder, 2007