Corn stories from Kaoi

July 8, 2008 at 10:28 am 3 comments

Bill Nighy by Kaoi Nakasa, intern at Oxfam Japan.


Yesterday, I had an interesting career change for a day: I was a corn on the cob in Oxfam’s biofuels performance.

Kaoi from Oxfam Japan as corn on the cob

As all the camera’s pointed at me, it felt like being a star, but it was a little scary at the same time. Everyone else was safely guarded from the cameras by their ‘big heads’, while I was out in the open. It was also quite tiring, because I had to squat down all the time. In the end, my picture ended up on Yahoo News and some other news channels, but unfortunately we were described as ‘anti G8’ and I didn’t want to be seen that way.

Last May I started working at Oxfam Japan as an intern, so I’ve only been working here for 2 months. It feels like a lot more though! I’ve been really busy working on the campaign and I must have made a million phonecalls for the logistical preparations for the G8.

When I came to Sapporo for our G8 actions, I had no idea what it would be like. I thought some of the performances would be impossible, because I had never seen anything like it in Japan, but everything went well: we got lots of media coverage and I’m sure we’ll get a lot more acceptance from the Japanese audience. And that’s a good thing, because in Japan the civil society doesn’t have a very strong position. Yet!

I’m still a student now, but in the future I would really like a job at an NGO, even though it’s really hard to get one. Personally, I would like to work on health issues in a campaign like the “Me Too” G8 campaign, because no health means no work, which means no income. That’s my message to the G8 leaders.


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  • 1. Digital Scotsman  |  July 8, 2008 at 11:13 am

    Good stuff

    It’s Ok to be anti-G8.

    The trick is to recognise that the G8’s power is illegitimate whilst engaging with the fact that they have power which can make a difference…

  • 2. not_bob  |  July 8, 2008 at 3:33 pm

    A wonderful performance, a complete waste of time but a wonderful performance non-the-less.

    Recognize that the problems we face from global climate change are self correcting and the correction has already begun. Your attempting to swim upstream against the natural biological correction that is occurring in the food supply and the human population is a futile effort.

    Humans leveraged the excess energy found in oil (ancient sunshine) to dramatically increase our longevity, survivability and reproductive rates based on a hugely magnified food supply that requires very little effort in real terms for a single human to gain the survival level of food energy necessary.

    The correction is going to be ugly, with reducing amounts of energy available to the population for food production there will inevitable be mass famine on a global scale. decreasing the population back to the 1800’s level of 1.5 – 2 billion persons is not outside the realm of possibility. This means famine, disease and worldwide death on a scale never seen before where billions die. Unfortunately it is the natural course for a species to over-populate in times of abundance and then suffer starvation until the population comes back in line with the food supply. It happens all the time with wild animal populations – why should we think we deserve to be any different than the rest of the animal life on this planet.

  • 3. Maarten  |  July 9, 2008 at 10:17 am

    Well, apart from the bit more cynical remarks above, I would like to say to Kaoi: you were a beautiful corn and
    ご家族へようこそ of Oxfam.
    (this was translated by google, so pardon my Japanese!)


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