Institute of International Peace Leaders

SDGs Path: The quest and challenges of Nephi’s descendants in Japan: Starting from Amami Oshima and Heading to Amami, Learning from the Past and Moving towards the Future, Going to the Future is Searching the Past.

Abstract

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were born at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro in 2012. The objective was to produce a set of universal goals that meet the urgent environmental, political and economic challenges facing our world.The SDGs replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which started a global effort in 2000 to tackle the indignity of poverty. The MDGs established measurable, universally-agreed objectives for tackling extreme poverty and hunger, preventing deadly diseases, and expanding primary education to all children, among other development priorities. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a series of 17goals fixed by the United Nations and adopted by 193 countries in 2015. Through sustainable (economic, environmental, and social) development, their overall objective is to create a better world, and a better life for all, by 2030. According to World Health Organization, Quality of life (QOL) is defined as “an individual’s perception of their position in life in the context of the culture and value systems in which they live and in relation to their goals, expectations, standards and concerns”. We should consider not only people, but also environment and disaster, as well including water issue. Water is a transparent, tasteless, odorless and nearly colorless chemical substance, and it is the main constituent of Earth’s hydrosphere and the fluids of all known living organisms according to Wikipedia (2023). Amaterasu, in order to atone for the sins of the people, death and revenge.God who has experienced life. Many people may be considered that this is real results of SDGs, but it is not to evaluate without above consideration such as historical and cultural background. Otherwise, this is only considered as evaluation form by United Nation’s request.

Photo1:Tetsu Nakamura
Photo1:Tetsu Nakamura
  1. Introduction

This paper discusses about Sustainable Developmental Goals (SDG’s goals).

What is mean by that?

We have to go back to the basic principle. Why we need to see values and goals of SDGs? It is very simple. We all are looking for world peace. Thinking of peace we can name from many people, Dr.Tetsu Nakamura as Kaka Murad (Pashto”Uncle Nakamura”),(15 September1946–4 December2019),

was a Japanese physician and honorary Afghan citizen who headed Peace Japan Medical Services (PMS), an aid group known as Peshawar-kai in Japanese (Photo1). We would like to review his life to think of what is SDGs means. The Following is from a part of introduction from Wikipedia.

(Wikipedia 2023). On 4 December 2019, as Nakamura was heading to work in his aid vehicle in Jalalabad, Afghan and Pakistani officials claimed that Nawaz was killed in Afghanistan, and that he was a militant commander of the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan. Nakamura was born in Fukuoka, a city in Fukuoka Prefecture on the northern shore of the Japanese island Kyushu. He spent his early childhood in Wakamatsu (in today’s Kitakyushu), where both of his parents were born and raised.Having previously worked as a subcontractor for the Tamai Group, Nakamura’s father launched his own business salvaging sunken ships after World War II. Following the collapse of his father’s business, Nakamura’s family moved to Koga City, Fukuoka Prefecture when he was age 6; he remained there through the rest of his formal education. In his youth, he studied at Koga Nishi Elementary School, Seinan Gakuin Junior High School, and Fukuoka Prefectural Fukuoka High School. Nakamura was baptized by a Christian missionary at the Kasumigaoka Baptist Church while attending junior high school. He graduated from Kyushu University School of Medicine in 1973.Although the clinic was focused on leprosy, Nakamura saw that leprosy-prone areas had high incidence of other infectious diseases such as malaria, typhoid fever, dengue fever, and tuberculosis. In order to provide treatment for patients suffering from other diseases, he began to offer his own medical services independent of the Mission Hospital. Beginning in 1991, Nakamura opened three clinics to provide medical service in Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan, where he identified malnutrition as a root cause for the health issues in the region. From then onwards, he broadened the scope of his work into agriculture and irrigation, and focused on building canal projects in eastern Afghanistan.

The United Nations declared the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a collection of seventeen interlinked objectives designed to serve as a “shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future.” in 2015.

 

2.What are SDGs?

These are 17 Sustainable Developmental Goals as follows:

Goal 1:No poverty

Goal 2:Zero hunger (No hunger)

Goal 3:Good health and well-being

Goal 4:Quality education

Goal 5:Gender equality

Goal 6:Clean water and sanitation

Goal 7:Affordable and clean energy

Goal 8:Decent work and economic growth

Goal9:Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

Goal 10:Reduced inequality

Goal11:Sustainable cities and communities

Goal12:Responsible consumption and production

Goal 13:Climate action

Goal 14:Life below water

Goal 15:Life on land

Goal16:Peace, justice and strong institutions

Goal 17:Partnership for the goals

These are specific each goal according to the United Nations as follows:

Goal 1: No poverty

Sustainable Development Goal 1 is to: “End poverty in all its forms everywhere.” Achieving SDG 1 would end extreme poverty globally by 2030 according to the United Nations. One of its indicators is the proportion of population living below the poverty line. The data gets analyzed by sex, age, employment status, and geographical location (urban/rural). The five outcome targets are: eradication of extreme poverty; reduction of all poverty by half; implementation of social protection systems; ensuring equal rights to ownership, basic services, technology and economic resources; and the building of resilience to environmental, economic and social disasters. We have to determine what is economy means. It should be considered not only money issue, but also what is service means. That will be affected of meaning of poverty.

Goal 2: Zero hunger (No hunger) is to: “End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture.” Indicators for this goal are for example the prevalence of undernourishment, prevalence of severe food insecurity, and prevalence of stunting among children under five years of age.

The five outcome targets are: ending hunger and improving access to food; ending all forms of malnutrition; agricultural productivity; sustainable food production systems and resilient agricultural practices; and genetic diversity of seeds, cultivated plants and farmed and domesticated animals; investments, research and technology. There are many foods which we still can eat, but it is throw away. We have to share what we do not use to share with others.

Goal 3: Good health and well-being is to:”Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.” Important indicators here are life expectancy as well as child and maternal mortality. Further indicators are for example deaths from road traffic injuries, prevalence of current tobacco use, suicide mortality rate.

The first nine targets are outcome targets: reducing maternal mortality ending all preventable deaths under five years of age fighting communicable diseases reducing mortality from non-communicable diseases and promoting mental health preventing and treating substance abuse reducing road injuries and deaths granting universal access to sexual and reproductive care, family planning and education achieving universal health coverage reducing illnesses and deaths from hazardous chemicals and pollution.

implementing the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control

supporting research, development, and universal access to affordable vaccines and medicines increasing health financing and support the health workforce in developing countries improving early warning systems for global health risks. We have to provide better education not only school settings, but also social setting, as well.

Goal 4: Quality education is to: “Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.” The indicators for this goal are for example attendance rates at primary schools, completion rates of primary school education, participation in tertiary education and so forth. In each case, parity indices are looked at to ensure that disadvantaged students do not miss out (data is collected on “female/male, rural/urban, bottom/top wealth quintile and others such as disability status, indigenous peoples”). There is also an indicator around the facilities that the school buildings have (access to electricity, the internet, computers, drinking water, toilets etc.). The seven outcome targets are: free primary and secondary education; equal access to quality pre-primary education; affordable technical, vocational and higher education; increased number of people with relevant skills for financial success; elimination of all discrimination in education; universal literacy and numeracy; and education for sustainable development and global citizenship. This is mentioned not only school setting basis, but also family setting education. It is more required more quality of education instead of just providing education. Therefore, it is necessary to use more effectively through internet technology more effectively.

Goal 5: Gender equality is to: “Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.” Indicators include for example having suitable legal frameworks and the representation by women in national parliament or in local deliberative bodies. Numbers on forced marriage and female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) are also included in another indicator.

The three means of implementation targets are: fostering equal rights to economic resources, property ownership, and financial services for women promoting empowerment of women through technology adopting and strengthening policies for gender equality, and supporting legislation to enforce it. That is not only talking about simply about equality right of women, but also various chance to share working opportunities and time schedule sharing.  

Goal 6: Clean water and sanitation is to: “Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.” The six outcome targets include: Provide safe and affordable drinking water, end open defecation and provide access to sanitation, and hygiene, improve water quality, wastewater treatment and safe reuse, increase water-use efficiency and ensure freshwater supplies, implement IWRM (Integrated Water Resources Management), protect and restore water-related ecosystems. Water is fundamental resource for living. Therefore, it should be the first priority to aim for our setting goals. 

Goal 7: Affordable and clean energy is to: “Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all.” One of the indicators for this goal is the percentage of population with access to electricity (progress in expanding access to electricity has been made in several countries, notably India, Bangladesh, and Kenya). Other indicators look at the renewable energy share and energy efficiency. We have to considered any kind of energy which may be used now in the countries, yet for some particular people rights. We have to choose the first people for most need for living, intead of raising money. 

Goal 8: Decent work and economic growth are to: “Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all. “Important indicators for this goal include economic growth in least developed countries and the rate of real GDP per capita. Further examples are rates of youth unemployment and occupational injuries or the number of women engaged in the labor force compared to men. It was mentioned already in Goals4 and 8 about meaning of economy. Economy is not mean about money making, but also creating ideas. We have to use meaning about developing countries and developed countries’ meaning in addition, to money issue.

Goal 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure is to: “Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization, and foster innovation.” Indicators in this goal include for example the proportion of people who are employed in manufacturing activities or who are living in areas covered by a mobile network or who have access to the internet. The remaining three targets are means of implementation targets. Facilitate sustainable infrastructure development for developing countries; support domestic technology development and industrial diversification; universal access to information and communications technology. We must have more ideas of industries for more each adapted ways in each environment. We should think about idea from our own way, but also from people in there’s opinion and ideas. 

Goal 10: Reduced inequality is to: “Reduce income inequality within and among countries.” Important indicators for this SDG are income disparities, aspects of gender and disability, as well as policies for migration and mobility of people.The first seven targets are outcome targets: Reduce income inequalities; promote universal social, economic and political inclusion; ensure equal opportunities and end discrimination; adopt fiscal and social policies that promotes equality; improved regulation of global financial markets and institutions; enhanced representation for developing countries in financial institutions. It is more necessary to get ideas of what is disabilities are. We are now more focused to physical disabilities. Many cases are more negative understanding of disabilities. There is gifted education is a pat of special education, but it is still small understanding about gifted education. We have five more stress about gifts of talent instead of negative way of disabilities.   

Goal 11: Sustainable cities and communities are to: “Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable.” Important indicators for this goal are the number of people living in urban slums, the proportion of the urban population who has convenient access to public transport, and the extent of built-up area per person.

We have to understand what is city meaning is instead of making just large city. City is existed to help each other. Sometime leaders are just concerned to make large cities make better communities. However, we have to think about culture and history’s existence. We sometimes see that we are getting to forget or erasing such non priceless culture by making such big cities and culture.

Goal 12: Responsible consumption and production are to: “Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns.” The first 8 are outcome targets, which are: implement the 10 Year Framework of Programs on Sustainable Consumption and Production Patterns; achieve the sustainable management and efficient use of natural resources; reducing by half the per capita global food waste at the retail and consumer levels and the reduction of food losses along production and supply chains, including post-harvest losses; achieving the environmentally sound management of chemicals and all wastes throughout their life cycle; reducing waste generation through prevention, reduction, recycling and reuse; encourage companies to adopt sustainable practices; promote public procurement practices that are sustainable; and ensure that people everywhere have the relevant information and awareness for sustainable development. Though it is mentioned 10 year’s vision, it is more necessary to have more than 50 years vision. It is not easy to struct such production within 10 years from underground.

Goal 13: Climate action is to: “Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts by regulating emissions and promoting developments in renewable energy.” They cover a wide range of issues surrounding climate action. The first three targets are outcome targets: Strengthen resilience and adaptive capacity to climate-related disasters; integrate climate change measures into policies and planning; build knowledge and capacity to meet climate change. The remaining two targets are means of implementation targets: To implement the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and to promote mechanisms to raise capacity for planning and management. Climate issue is not human made issues, but nowadays we know it is human made issues, too. We have to smarter than just thinking of natural disaster that is why we have to more collaborative sharing education skills. We have to share such skill for not only our own happiness, but also universal understanding peace and harmony. 

Goal 14: Life below water is to: “Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.” The current efforts to protect oceans, marine environments and small-scale fishers are not meeting the need to protect the resources. Increased ocean temperatures and oxygen loss act concurrently with ocean acidification and constitute the deadly trio of climate change pressures on the marine environment. This is not just talking about fishes, but also any kind of living in water including plants. That is required to think of commonality of living ground, as well.

That is why we have to consider not only limited studies related water related living, but also how to relate to ground living relationship, as well.

Goal 15: Life on land is to: “Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss. “The proportion of remaining forest area, desertification and species extinction risk are example indicators of this goal. That’s is related to goal 14 above issue.  We should not just divide to Goal14and Goal15 separately. There are many commonalities, actually all related.  That is why This thinking way will be given more totalistic understanding of all living existence.

Goal 16: Peace, justice and strong institutions is to: “Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels. This is related to all goals of 17 issues to understand of peace. This is related to self-peace, or universal peace in universe. We have to stress in this point, we are not talking about world, but also universes. That should be considered of environment of universes. We have to have unlimited scale of image of universes and vision for creating peace and harmony. Some people may think that this idea is just idealistic theory, but it is not. If you do not have such vision, people will follow what vision you have. That mean you create your own image idea only. People are not like your image on your own, but also more creative as you determine what Gods, Universes are.   

Goal 17: Partnership for the goals is to: “Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development.” Developing multi-stakeholder partnerships to share knowledge, expertise, technology, and financial support is seen as critical to overall success of the SDGs. The goal encompasses improving north–south and South-South cooperation, and public-private partnerships which involve civil societies are specifically mentioned.

It is beautifully stated on the above, but it was not talking at all about over our lives which is space and universes, as well. We are not living within only on this earth, but also universal environment. That is why we have thought about world issues including universal issues. Otherwise, our ideas will be limited to solved it and create better universal peace and harmony.

 

3.Methodology of the Study

The main method used in writing this study was literature review of online and offline media sources, assisted by qualitative research methodology through interviews. A review and summary of important research sources, articles, reports, and books on the topics was undertaken. Primary sources are supplemented by interviews with some participants in the academic world, as well. Most historical sites mentioned in this study have been visited and local resources were collected by the author.

 4.The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)&Water

TV Asahi “Yoko Oshita Wide! Scramble”

“Importance of FEMA as seen from the fire on Maui, Hawaii, and future issues in Japan” was aired. What kind of FEMA is it? Why was the establishment proposal put forward in Japan in the past, but was shelved? seems to have been excerpted.

Unfortunately, I couldn’t see the program, but many people watched it and taught me. thank you. The TV screen says, “If you actually go there, you’ll find that the level is different. “A team that provides local residents with education and training in the skills they need in times of disaster “We can’t just wait until the military (rescue) comes.” “Preparing in the community becomes training” “The most important thing in the training I received was creativity and improvisation. Autonomy is required.” “I think that everyone is taking the course with the awareness that the best thing is to go to the site and see how it can be done as a disaster prevention according to the region.

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program educates volunteers about disaster preparedness for the hazards that may occur where they live.

CERT trains volunteers in basic disaster response skills, such as: Fire safety

Light search and rescue; Team organization; Disaster medical operations.

“Water is very important for human being. However, it affects to environment issue, too. Microscopic algae and mosses were the first organisms to appear on Earth. The history of life is like a house made of bricks. It was these microorganisms that became the lowest stage and stone. Churchward said that Children of Mu leaving the Motherland by water. Children of Mu leaving the Motherland by air and by water land by air and water. The Tau is Mu emerged. This is from a Hindu carving 25,000 years old. (Churchward1970:70-75). The Holy Bible says: “And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters” (Gen.1: 2). And God said: “Let the waters abound with an abundance of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the face of the firmament of the heavens” (Gen.1: 20). Thus, life sprang out of water and we can see the connection between water, life and the Spirit of God. Water is a symbol of life and sometimes of the Holy Spirit Himself. How beautiful are the Divine Inspiration’s words in the First Psalm about the virtuous man: “He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season” (Ps.1: 3). Moreover, water is used to symbolize the troublesome times in life that can and do come to human beings, especially God’s children (Psalm 32:6; Psalms 69:1 Psalms 69:2 Psalms 69:14 Psalms 69:15; Isa 43:2; Lam 3:54).

Water is a symbol of life and sometimes of the Holy Spirit Himself. How beautiful are the Divine Inspiration’s words in the First Psalm about the virtuous man: “He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season” (Ps.1:3). Moreover, water is used to symbolize the troublesome times in life that can and do come to human beings, especially God’s children (Psalm 32:6; Psalms 69:1 Psalms 69:2 Psalms 69:14 Psalms 69:15; Isa 43:2; Lam 3:54).

  1. Toillet and Japan’s History

Aki, Enshu, Hayashi, Honma, Aramata, Tani&2others(1990)photographed and researched across the country over the course of about two months, covering the period from the Muromachi period to the early Showa period. Starting from private houses and merchant houses, to schools and hotels, to shrines, temples, and villas, there are probably every imaginable variation of kennels, latrines, and toilets. We need to consider of importance of toilet history with SDG’s improvement, as well in historical movement.

(Shioura2019) showed picture book for understanding better of Japanese Toilet History. Kurosaki (2020) reported that flush toilets existed in ancient times through toilet archeology. That means people can learn good from ancient time, as well. That is why, we need to learn from old life and history, as well. Moreover, Yamazaki (2016) tells us that toilet had flush already existed in the Taisho era (July30,1912–December25, 1926) And there was a fee for use it.

Although garbage and excrement cannot be talked about openly, they are essential to the healthy lives of humankind. Finally, Henry (1993) reported that the way people deal with excrement and the act of defecation varies depending on the culture.

Some people enjoy doing it side by side with others, while others prefer not to be seen at all. From why humans started wiping in the first place, to the history of toilets, and how to use feces and urine. He examines the long relationship between humans and waste, including some funny and surprising anecdotes, and examines the history of toilets. This shows us how to evaluate SDG‘s many perspectives. He next section is concerned about literature’s perspective of sustainable developmental goals.

 

6.Learning SDGs from literatures of Kenji Miyazawa

There is a famous story teller in Japan and the world (Hatakeyama 1996; Photo2).

Photo2: Kenji Miyazawa
Photo2: Kenji Miyazawa

Hanamaki city has SDGs notebook for education purpose through his life.This notebook will be used to express the wishes and hopes of Kenji Miyazawa, a great man in Hanamaki City, when you are engaged in SDGs exploration learning (Saito2010).

We have compiled a list of methods and tips so that you can proceed with your own learning by thinking about it.

Realizing that his wishes and hopes are deeply related to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), I hope you can find Ihatov (the ideal world drawn by Kenji Miyazawa).

This note illustrates the following learning activity points.

【Key points of learning activities】

  • Based on a common research theme, read Kenji Miyazawa’s works and create our own assignments

Gather information to solve problems

Think based on what you have researched

Summarize your thoughts in an easy-to-understand manner

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Poverty, conflict, climate change, infectious diseases. From such a sense of crisis, people from various positions around the world discussed and sorted out issues. We thought of a solution and set an international goal to create a sustainable and better world by 2030, which is called “Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).” 17 goals for a sustainable world

Consisting of 169 targets, it is working on countries around the world with the philosophy of “leaving no one behind” on the planet. It is becoming a Creator of a Sustainable Society. They believe that a sustainable world will be created by viewing the issues that are currently occurring in the world as our own problems and working to solve them. Kenji Miyazawa worked as a teacher and agricultural leader. In a word, His indescribable multifaceted life is seen and heard in his hometown of Hanamaki

It blossomed on the basis of what he had experienced. On August 27, 1896 (Meiji 29) Kenji, who was born into a merchant family in Hanamaki City, has been involved in minerals and minerals since he was in elementary school. He was interested in collecting plants, and was called “Mr. Stone Ken” by those around him. In 1921 (Taisho 10), he taught as an agricultural school teacher, and then retired.At the Rasu Jijin Association, which I established as a worker, we hold study sessions and record appreciation groups. Hold the event, and also visit the farmers to design fertilizers. He worked to enrich his life. However, he fell ill with unreasonableness. He passed away on September 21in 1933.

Kenji Miyazawa, a great man from Hanamaki, was a poet, a children’s story writer, a teacher, a scientist, a religious figure, and many others. On the other hand, he is busy working but improving the lives of farmers who are not able to become wealthy.He did his best. In one of the sentences, he left behind, these words remain.”There can be no individual happiness until the world is completely happy.”What is in line with the SDGs philosophy of “leaving no one behind” that we are currently working on around the world (Hanamaki Kanko Kyoukai2023).

We can use as a sample of Kenju Koenrin Kenju for SDGs. The story was a slightly ridiculed child who would burst out laughing with joy whenever he saw trees or birds. One day, Kenju planted 700 cedar trees in the field behind his house. (Miyazawa 2004).

We would like to share another testimony for a next section.

  1. Learning from Another Testimony of Jesus Christ in the Book of Mormon about Nephite’s as Japanese ancestors

Nephi (nē’fī) is one of the central figures described in the Book of Mormon. In the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, he is recorded as the son of Lehi, a prophet, and founder of the Nephite people. The following is from translation from Ms. Komae Mori with help from Mr. Yamashita (2023).  

George Javis (1823-1913) was born on March25, 1823 in Essex in the East of England. He was married to Ann Catharine Prior in September17 1846 (Washington County Historical Society 2023). His grandson, Erastus Leon Jarvis (November14,1882-March12,1971) served mission in Japan. This was Blessing his grandfather gave to Erastus as follows; “Dear Erastus Leon Jarvis, your mission has been changed from the southern states of the United States to Japan. If you agree to these changes, please visit Salt Lake City. The missionary group going to Japan will leave on the evening of June 29th. As patriarch and grandfather of St. George, Utah, George Jarvis blessed his grandson Erastus on his mission・・・As Patriarch and Patriarch of St. George, I bless you. You will learn about the origins of the Japanese people. You will be healthy both physically and mentally, go on a mission with peace of mind, and return home safely. I will live to await your return and hear from you as a witness the report of the origins of the Japanese people.” Before giving blessing to his grandson, he had never said to the following message from Quinn Victoria as follows; “He never told anyone about his spiritual experience during his 1855 voyage to China. When his grandson went on a mission to Japan, he revealed for the first time the vision he had kept in his heart that he had received during his voyage to China. “In 1855, when I was a crew member on Queen Victoria’s freighter, the Queen called me into her office one day.”George, your mission on board the Royal Freita was to transport tea and spices to the West Indies. I will assign you will be brought to Hong Kong, China. My second mission is to stop by Japan, if possible, on my way home and conclude a commercial treaty between Japan and the British Empire. If we succeed, all our crew members will be blessed with lifelong blessings from the Queen of Great Britain. Only this. George”

 Wesley Jarvis, grate grandson had also informed Japanese people are Nephites descendants, as well. This story was given through Komae Mori. (Fukushima Minpo1952; Miyamoto&Tamura2011;

Sato1941; Sato1952). But, this work was started from Mr.Tatsui Sato and the growth of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Japan. Ancient Americans who crossed the Pacific Ocean and became Japanese (2020) by Ms.Komae Mori introduced that it throws a new stone in the search for the roots of the Japanese people. Regarding the origins of the Japanese people, there are continental, northern, and southern theories, but the theory that they came across the ocean from the Americas is a new theory (Kosaka2002;1997). The following the story begins with the Book of Mormon, a record of the ancient Americas that the author would introduce through the book written by Ms. Komae Mori as follows: This is one of the four major holy books recognized by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and, along with the Bible, is another testimony of Jesus Christ. The author, Ms. Komae Mori, was born in Amami Oshima, Japan, and his family has been Shinto for generations, and she was interested in the similarities between the teachings and rituals of the Old Testament. In Okinawa, she encountered the Book of Mormon and learned that it was the history of the family of a man named Lehi who escaped from the city of Jerusalem in 600 B.C. According to the records it was also discovered that the people mentioned here, Lehi and Nephi, belonged to the lineage of Joseph, one of the twelve tribes of Israel. The records span approximately 1,000 years, from the time of the Exodus from Jerusalem in 600BC to 421AD. Records cease to exist after 421AD, but there were some people who remained. Some of their descendants are Indian people living in America. In fact, when Ms.Mori visited an American Indian village, she noticed that their appearance, customs, and legends were similar to those of the people of his hometown, Amami. Eventually, they learn that they are similar to the people of the Book of Mormon, and even more distantly to the Jews of the Old Testament. During her research, she came to know about George Jarvis. He was born in 1823 in Harrow, Essex, eastern England. After working as a farmer and in a flour mill, he became a sailor. They also traveled to China and Japan on ships owned by the British royal family. In 1848, he received the Book of Mormon. Then I learned about Hagoth’s description (Alma63:5-13). It is said that Hagos built ships and many people went to sea. It was around 55 AD. George, having been a long-time sailor, was intrigued by this event and came to the conclusion that the people who boarded Hagoth’s ships would have been able to navigate the rough waters of the Pacific. Since then, this has become his conviction, and it has been passed down through generations of his descendants and has become part of his family’s history. Although they were born in different times and countries, Mori and George came into contact with the Book of Mormon, and the feelings they had through their occupations and environments eventually came together as a common feeling. When the histories of each family and people are collected and read together, it will be like the day in ancient America when all the people gathered in the land of Zarahemla and the records of each of the two peoples were read. There will be a sight to be seen by Freeman Co., Ltd (2020). Moreover, Jinja Shimposha, the publisher of the Shrine Headquarters,it was published entitled “The Great Exorcism of the Heart of the Great Exorcism”. In the book “Interpretation and Faith”, the doctrine of Shinto.The late Professor Yoneo Okada, who was a kisser.”Amaterasu, in order to atone for the sins of the people, death and revenge.God who has experienced life.”

The original text is written as follows: “This hidden god (Amaterasu). The sins of the Kokuzu god Susanoo no Mikoto, Amaterasu Ookami is full of them.It means that he has been redeemed and hidden.Amaterasu could not blame Susanoo no Mikoto for his sins.When you are expected to repent until the end,and he always said, “I have a good heart and forgive each other.”With great self-love and tolerance, we can forgive our sins (Takahashi 2018).And it is seen in the book that he has been redeemed.Praying for the reappearance of this hidden god is the heavenly being.It is a festival of Iwato, and at the end of the prayer, Amaterasu.The Great God will be resurrected again, and the heavenly rock door will be opened to the world. From then on, Amaterasu lived forever as a god.

He casts His glorious light upon us.It is.Amaterasu also atoned for the sins of Susanoo no Mikoto.God was once hidden, but he was resurrected again.”Extend your warm hand to the people, and let them know their sins.As a “God of forgiveness,” he shines upon us.This is what the folk classics show us.”Interpretation of the Great Exorcism and faith.”by Professor Yoneo Okada, Director of the Investigation Department of the Shrine Headquarters. Originally published on July 1, 1937,22nd edition published on February 1(Okada2016:2-5). This is symbolized that Amaterasu is the savior of the Universe even Jesus the Christ.

  1. Conclusion

This paper was introduced as entitled as SDGs Path: The quest and challenges of Nephi’s descendants in Japan: Starting from Amami Oshima and heading to Amami, learning from the past and moving towards the future Going to the future is searching the past. As you can see it was going back to basic point that to find our what are Sustainable Developmental Goals are. Then, it was written as followings such as 1. Introduction;2. What are SDGs?3. Methodology of the Study;4.The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)&Water;5. Toilet and Japan’s History;6. Learning SDGs from literatures of Kenji Miyazawa;7. Learning from Another Testimony of Jesus Christ in the Book of Mormon about Nephite’s as Japanese ancestors and conclusion.

As we see the result of SDGs, first, we can see the results of the world rankings that cover all 17 goals of the SDGs. This is 166 countries were included in the ranking. The top countries are Scandinavian countries, with Japan ranked 21st. 1st place: Finland (86.76);2nd place: Sweden (85.98);3rd place: Denmark (85.68);4th place: Germany (83.36);5th place: Austria (82.28);6th place: France (82.05);7th place: Norway (82.00);8th place: Czech Republic (81.87);159th place: Democratic Republic of the Congo (48.58);160th place: Sudan (48.55);161st: Niger (48.31);162nd place: Somalia (48.03);163rd place: Republic of Yemen (46.85);164th place: Chad (45.34);165th place: Central African Republic (40.40)and 166th: South Sudan (38.68).

Many people may be considered that this is real results of SDGs, but it is not to evaluate without above consideration such as historical, cultural background and seeking purpose of life including quality of life (Pontius 2012). Otherwise, this is only considered as evaluation form by United Nation’s request. For example, Hokkaido, Northan island in Japan has Ainu culture. Ainu means human being in Ainu indigenous word (Fujimura 1982; Kayano &Iijima1989; Kodama C2012; Kono 1981). Moreover, Ainu people are not the same indigenous peoples. There are an indigenous people from Ezuriko, Kitagami city, Iwate Prefecture in a Tohoku area in mainland in Japan (Tamonin Izawa Family and Kunato Shrine Pamphlet1990;Iwate Prefecture, Ezuriko Village1989; Ootomo1994; Yaegashi 2004). As United Nations knows, Inazo Nitobu’s ancestor also originally came from Iwate prefecture (Kato&Terada2014). Finally, my ancestors Takahashi family were from Akita prefecture. (Histrical Musium of Hokkaido 1986).

Water is common resource. “Water is the mother of life” Microscopic algae and mosses were the first organisms to appear on Earth. The history of life is like a house made of bricks. It was these microorganisms that became the lowest stage and stone. Churchward said that Children of Mu leaving the Motherland by water. Children of Mu leaving the Motherland by air and by water land by air and water. The Tau is Mu emerged. This is from a Hindu carving 25,000 years old.

(Churchward1970:70-75). The Holy Bible says: “And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters” (Gen.1: 2). And God said: “Let the waters abound with an abundance of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the face of the firmament of the heavens” (Gen.1:

20). Thus, life sprang out of water and we can see the connection between water, life and the Spirit of God. The Arthor is personally, learning of nature and culture of history is key to real development of SDGs. Suzuki (2023) showed us light being in his store every night that you can witness on YouTube. That is showing we should learn something about nature’s changing that Dr. Kumagusu Minakata told us to take care of nature and culture, as well (Matsui 2007; Takahashi&Suzuki2023). When think about Kimono(Japanese traditional cloth), we can learn from fundamental source from Pupa(calls in Japan Mayu) (Nakatami2023a;2023b).

Pupa itself has way of living. Where to born, where to live, how they can be used from Kimono to Hanten. Hanten is a short winter coat and an item of traditional Japanese clothing. It was written about history of Tourism & Urbanization Toward to Future in Japan (Henten2023). The Hanten started to be worn, especially by the common people, in the 18th century, during Japan’s Edo period (1603-1867).

Kimono is made individually for not only on size, but also on purposes and seasons. That is mainly beauty of nature and tourism. We have to go back to fundamental reasons learning from old to our days including Creator of the earth and universes, as well (Takahashi2023). For achieving above goals authors and Teams are making plans as follows; 

How to use the old folk house and shop rest house in Ibusawa, Oshu City, and the name (draft)
1 Purpose of use and its contents

(1) A private library will be set up to exhibit 5,000 children’s picture books, general books, specialized books, and 50 paintings (by Hiro Yamagata and others). Hold storytelling, lectures, learning support, concerts, etc.

(2) Conduct lifelong education and sports classes in collaboration with Hanamaki Higashi High School and Sendai University using online. For example, students will learn about the “Goal Achievement Sheet” and health sports.

(3) Research domestic and international cultural traditions, and support their dissemination and preservation activities. In particular, he conducts research on the rural culture and Ainu culture that exist in the Oshu region.

(4) In order to realize the SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) in Oshu, we will carry out activities with the aim of solving and improving environmental problems so that all people in Oshu and the world can live safe, secure, and humane lives without being left behind, and can continue to live on the earth. Specifically, we will promote research and training projects on “Urban Issues in Oshu and the World.”

(5) The old folk house in Ibusawa will be used as a place for research and training, and the shop rest house will be used as a library, exhibition of paintings, shops, and restaurants.

(6) In cooperation with the International Association of Leaders for Peace, exchange information and exchange with researchers in Japan and overseas. Our association conducts peace education because of its connection with the United Nations.

(7) Research the social problems of the Oshu region and try to solve them.

(8) Cooperate with Oshu City and Ibusawa local residents to cooperate in direct production business and revitalization of local industries.

(9) Recruit and organize collaborators for this project from Japan and overseas. We are looking for crowdfunding, supporting members, volunteers, guide helpers, learning assistants, reading members, and collection exhibition collaborators. We contribute for creating unity and peace of the world and universes (Otani 2023).

Photo3:Kan Watanabe
Photo3:Kan Watanabe

Finally, the Authors’ express thanks to be given wisdom from Brother  who passed at age of 90 Photo3:Kan Watanabe (March23,1932-December21,2022) to another vails to Continue to eternal works through his Eternal friends, as well. (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day

 Saints 2023 Brother Watanabe passed away, local page March, L1-L2; Mori2020:28;Photo3).

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