Dear ACE students,
It`s a golden week for everyone here in Japan.
Time is gold because it is precious and important to celebrate life.
Some countries will have their new leaders, elected this month, like the Philippines on May 9,
Lebanon on May 15 and Colombia on May 29.
The President of the Philippines is elected by direct vote of the people and
has a term of six years with no provision for reelection. The president of Lebanon is elected by the parliament
for a term of six years, which is renewable once. By convention, the president is always a Maronite Christian
who is at least 21 years old. Why should be a Christian? Due to the majority Christian population in Lebanon.
Colombian president is elected by the citizens for four-year terms using a two-round system; if no candidate
receives a majority of the vote in the first round, a runoff is held between the top two candidates.
I hope that the people of each respective country will choose the President who can protect, support the need of
the people, and lead the people in unity to be good citizens and help others in need, like here in Japan. We have
known the conflict happening between Russia and Ukraine and we are all affected with it, but it is amazing
that Japan and other countries kindness have spread through accepting refugees and helping them in little
ways. I read in an article from positive.com, how we can help by shifting to a plant-based diet. More than half
of the wheat grown in the UK and 2/3 of its barley currently goes to feed livestock rather than people.
Replacing cattle with plant proteins, like beans and nuts is much more efficient in terms of land, water, and