With a Beaming Hope through the Tumultuous Days

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ã“c‘ìŽO—ã‚Ü‚·W‚¢ T.U. set out in a new voyage in 1993. gWhen a new political landscape is being shaped, lawmakers easily lose a sense of direction while common men can play a political weather vane. I want to be one of those. Ifm also a tiger by the Chinese zodiac. Donft let a tiger be encaged. Only when wild and free, a tiger can release his full power. I will be devoted more than ever to serving Buraku people and other disadvantaged groups around the world, and small business operators.h

gChange the tide, change the way.h was the slogan of a Chukirenfs rally held in Osaka on its 20th anniversary in 1993. 12,000 people participated. In keeping with its strategy to have a nationwide reach, it continued to open new offices including in Shirahama, Kitakyushu, Niigata, Kobe and Tokushima. To reinforce the functions of the head Office, T.U. moved it to Kasumigaseki in the government area In 1994. ’†Šé˜A20Žü”N‹L”OW‰ï

•”—Ž‰ð•ú“¯–¿ˆÏˆõ’·A”C Ueda was elected as Secretary General of the Central Executive Committee of the BLL in 1994 and President in 1996 and served one term each. During his terms T.U. successfully lobbied the government to extend the Buraku Empowerment Law by five years, and to enact the Law for the Promotion of the Measures for Protecting Human Rights, which was considered one firm step toward the adoption of the proposed Basic Law for Buraku Liberation. He also helped the government set up the Council for the Promotion of the Measures for Protecting Human Rights. In 1998 Ueda was appointed as an advisor to the head Office of the Buraku Liberation League.

In 1996 T.U. was elected as Honorary President of the International Movement Against All Forms of Discrimination and Racism (IMADR). When IMADR was launched in 1988, he was on the Executive Board as an internal auditor. In 1993 IMADR was accorded a consultative status with the Economic and Social Council(ECOSOC) of the United Nations. ‚h‚l‚`‚c‚q–¼—_—Ž–’·A”C

ƒeƒBƒOƒŒ–¼Ì•ÏX In efforts to establish a new corporate identity (CI), T.U. proposed the name of Chukiren to be changed to Tigre, which was endorsed by the Board meeting. As part of the new CI strategy, Chukirenfs news montly, Eco Press, was also renamed to Sybio and renovated as a new business magazine.

In 1997, a nationwide campaign was reinvigorated under the new CI. Offices were opened in Omiya, Kumamoto, Yotsukaichi, Kumamoto and Nagano in 1997. And in Matsuyama, Chiba, Kyoto and Fukuoka in 1998. ƒeƒBƒOƒŒ•Ÿ‰ªŽ––±ŠƒI[ƒvƒ“

ƒ‚ƒ“ƒSƒ‹—ÍŽmƒtƒ@ƒ“ƒNƒ‰ƒu‰ïˆõØ In 1998, T.U. helped create a fan club for the Mongolian Sumo wrestlers, Kyokushuzan, Kyokutenho and Kyokutennzann. In the summer of that year, Ueda organized a group tour to Mongolia, which was joined by the three wrestlers. 60 people participated in the tour.

When the Japan-Russia Friendship Forum 21 was established by different groups in both Japan and Russia, T.U. joined the Forum and was appointed as the coordinator. “úƒ—FDƒtƒH[ƒ‰ƒ€21

’†‘RBŽ––±ŠŠJÝ In 1998 Tigre opened an office in Hangzhou in Zhejiang Province on the agreement with the Zhejiang Association for Science and Technology(ZAST). The two organizations had signed the mutual exchange program in 1995. Tigre also set up outposts in Shanghai and Hong Kong in 1995. Its presence in China helps offer business chances to the clients.

In 1999 Tigre sent a high-level mission to the United States to visit the Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce in New York and H&R Block in Kansas City. The trip opened a new channel to establish ties with American minority groups and a tax preparation service provider. ‚g•‚qƒuƒƒbƒNŽÐ–K–â

‘S•Ä•l‹cˆõ‘‰ïoÈ T.U. was invited to attend a Black Caucus meeting held in Washington D.C. in 1999, where he met Rev. Jackson again. Ueda was the only Japanese invited to the Caucus.

T.U. invited representatives of the Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce to Osaka in November in 1999. By arranging meetings between the delegation and senior officials of the Osaka Prefectural and City governments, he paved the path for future cultural and educational exchanges. ƒn[ƒŒƒ€¤H‰ï‹cŠ—ˆ“úµ‘Ò

ƒn[ƒŒƒ€•¶‰»Œ÷˜J“Á•ÊÜŽóÜ In June 2000, T.U. was given a special award in recognition of his devotion to the protection of minority rights and the community development of Harlem. At the ceremony held at the Mayorfs mansion in Manhattan, Ueda was presented the award by Rudolph Giuliani, Mayor of New York City.

In commemoration of Chiune Sugihara, a former Japanese diplomat who saved thousands of Jewish refugees during World War II, T.U. helped organize a Chiune Sugihara Centennial Celebration Committee, which was chaired by Yasushi Akashi, former Under Secretary General of the United Nations. Ueda served as Acting Chair. The centennial celebrations included photo exhibitions, a Jazz concert and a ceremony held in Osaka in December 2000. The ceremony drew international attention as it invited Sugihara visa survivors and human rights activists from the United States, as well as dignitaries from diplomatic missions in Japan. ™Œ´ç¤‹L”OŽ®“T

ƒtƒHƒbƒNƒXƒ}ƒ“‚`‚c‚k‘S‘ˆÏˆõ’·‚Ɖï’k In preparing for the Chiune Sugihara Centennial Celebration, T.U. made contacts with many civic organizations mainly involved in defending minority rights. One of them was the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) which is well known for international activism against Semitism and racism. As a sideline event of the Celebration, Ueda invited three winners of the Chiune Sugihara essay contests organized by the ADL. Tigre and the ADL agreed to continue this program into 2001.

In 2000, with the introduction of a new nursing care insurance system, T.U. joined other campaigners to set up the Osaka Association for a Better Nursing Care System. He is a senior advisor to the Association. This organization works as an agent for caregivers and nursing care service providers, presenting proposals to and negotiating with the relevant government agencies for a better nursing care system. ‰îŒìŽx‰‡‹¦‰ï‘åãŽx•”Œ‹¬

ã“c‘ìŽO­Œo§’k‰ï In 2000 T.U. launched a new political initiative by starting the T.U. Forum on Political and Economic Affairs. The Forum is a policy-making group, taking over the Political Alliance of Small Businesses which was a political lobbying group. The new organization is made up of lawmakers, journalists and business executives.