This is with reference to the story, “Rwandan youth benefit from new Japan scholarship programme” (The New Times, September 3).
Glad to learn that young Africans will start being initiated to business the Japanese way, which comes in addition to the European and American ways. Thus it is my hope that when they return home after living and training in Japan, they’ll share with us, not only the technological knowledge acquired, but also the cultural basis and vehicle of such knowledge.
It is with all those various inputs added to what we already own, that we shall be in position to forge our own contemporary unique Rwandan way.
In my over 20 years experiencing the Japanese culture through daily training and teaching Aikido, I have learnt that Japan’s core ways of life are fundamentally similar to Rwanda’s. No doubt then these youth’s life experience will truly be an enriching addition, both to their personal lives and to ours all, if well acquired, transmitted, and integrated.