2009年01月03日

Ryu Murakami "Kibou no kuni no Exodus" 「希望の国のエクソダス」村上龍



Ryu Murakami sets his novel "Kibou no kuni no Exodus" in
the near future (A.D.2000).

The story:
Japan had entered a recession after the bursting of
the nation's asset-inflation economic bubble. Behaviour
problems and group truancy broke out among Japan's junior
high school students. One Japanese boy named "Namamugi"
showed up in Pashtun, the area that exists in the
borderland belt of Afghanistan and Pakistan. Junior high
school students influenced by his way of life caused a
revolt in Japanese society.

At first, adults did not understand the situation.
Soon the students came to realise that just not coming to
school would not change anything so they returned with the
purpose of changing the schools. However, they were
excluded by adults. Then a leader showed up from among
junior high school students. He was a boy named KUSUDA
JOHICHI, nicknamed "Pon-chan".

He was not specially chosen to be the leader however.
Something he did at his private middle school made him
into a symbol for the truant junior high school students.
The incident was his capturing and "executing" the
principle of the school. He did not actually kill the
principle though. Instead he showed that the principal
had politically become a corpse by shooting a target that
he had placed on the Principal's bottom.

They established an organisation named "ASUNARO"
afterwards and develop it as a business. The purpose of
ASUNARO was for them to become economically independent in
order to evade dangers to their lives caused by being
bound to the same old school system and Japanese society.
After they acquired money, they built further equity by
producing a monetary crisis. Finally, the undertook an
"Exodus" from Japanese society to establish an independent
country in Hokkaido.

This novel was published in 2000. Japan had actually
fallen into an economic crisis. And now again we are in
another economic crisis like then.
Ryu Murakami is insisting in the novel that "It is foolish
not to think in a crisis. " Adults had stopped thinking,
and were grumbling things like "Back in the good in old
times...". But children had a sense of the crisis.
Adults did not indicate the future that we should live in.
Japan had become a country of the adults who were just
frustrated and crushed, so the children fled. The
children of "ASUNARO" that found community connected with
the world. But their appearance was somehow sad. By
themselves, the children who were not able to have adults
who acted as examples for them could do nothing but cut
tomorrow open. Japan today is in the same state as when
this novel was published. Not much has changed.


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