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上の表が何を表しているか分かる方は相当な通です。これは、SIPRI(Stockholm International Peace Research Institute)が発表した2020年、世界各国の軍事費Top10です。記事によると、2020年に世界で軍事費に費やされた額は1兆9810億ドル(約213兆円)だそうです。アメリカを筆頭にこの上位10か国で約4分の3を費やしているようです。

If you know what the above table represents, you are a pretty knowledgeable person. This is a list of the top 10 military expenditures by countries around the world in 2020, published by SIPRI (Stockholm International Peace Research Institute). According to the article, the amount of money spent on military spending worldwide in 2020 will be $1.981 trillion. The top 10 countries, led by the U.S., will spend about three quarters of that amount.


One of the most important roles of a nation is to provide a safe life for its citizens, so I think it is inevitable that military spending for this purpose will be reasonable. I want to avoid war by all means, but I believe that without a military, a nation cannot negotiate to avoid war. I think it is dangerous for Japan to be too dependent on the U.S. and other allies. I believe that Japan needs to be prepared to defend itself.


On the other hand, if we look at the SDGs, which are now becoming a global issue, we see that there are many issues to be addressed, such as addressing climate change and eradicating hunger. In particular, I believe that efforts to halt global warming are an urgent issue. The public and private sectors are working together to shift to renewable energy sources instead of burning fossil fuels, but I think we should also focus more on increasing greenery. I don’t know if planting mangrove trees, greening deserts, or some other method is best, but I think it would take a lot of money and effort to absorb enough carbon dioxide to be significant.

冒頭の題名はJohn Lennon、Imagineの歌詞の一部ですが、世界中の軍隊が訓練の一環のような形で、砂漠の緑化やマングローブの植林などに手を貸せば、地球温暖化の速度を緩めることが可能なのでは無いかと思います。

The title of this blog is part of the lyrics of John Lennon’s Imagine. I believe that if the armed forces of the world could help green deserts and plant mangroves as part of their training, it would be possible to slow down the rate of global warming.


When I saw the magnitude of the military spending, I couldn’t help but dream that the world would be a better place if we could use this money and the power of the military for something better.