Diabetes is another problem linked to eating too much of the wrong kind of food, a growing problem especially in developed countries like Japan. In contrast, in this respect Africa and Latin America might not seem related to Japan, because people in these regions suffer from not having enough to eat. We Japanese can eat more than enough delicious and nourishing food every day and many of us do not do enough exercise. As part of the developed world, Japanese will be among the more than 100 million people who will suffer from diabetes by the end of this century. Meanwhile, we people who live in the developed world cannot understand the suffering from hunger in Africa and Latin America, in spite of or because of our good life.
How should we think about these problem. I think that the Japanese medical community should study more and more. It is said that the Japanese medical community is far behind America's because of our small budgets. That is true I think. The American medical community is eager to study the newest research areas like AIDS. Japan must study the newest areas of research more and more, and I hope that AIDS vanish. Likewise, diabetes has been studied all over the world for a long time. And we know the cause of diabetes is mostly from lifestyle habits. The best way to improve your health is to change lifestyle habits. But if you develop diseases like diabetes or AIDS, you will have to manage the disease for the rest of your life. So each of us individually must be a wise, robust and reliable man or woman to lead others. So the Japanese medical community must foster young doctors of noble and reliable character and we must educate ourselves with the latest medical techniques. We must attain the ideal of being that wise man or woman.