U.S. documentary filmmaker Michael Moore is urging people in Japan to get back a social security system based on the spirit of mutual trust, warning that the country appears less caring following the excessive reign of ''conservative'' governments.
''You started to go down the other road, so my humble plea is for you to come off that road with your new prime minister and go down the road that we used to admire,'' the Oscar-winning director said during a promotional event at the Tokyo Stock Exchange for his latest work ''Capitalism: A Love Story.''
Moore, 55, said he hopes the film will encourage people in Japan to have second thoughts about following ideas believed in the United States, such as only the strong will survive, and to revalue the safety net system that Japanese people built to help each other after World War II.
''Quit being like us. Be the Japan you created after 1945,'' Moore, who came to Japan for the first time, said. ''You believe that you're all Japanese and that you're on the same boat.''
In the 127-minute film, Moore accused a handful of leaders in the U.S. government and Wall Street of obtaining funds, including taxpayers' money, all to themselves thus leading to making themselves richer and most others poorer.
Moore also urged President Barack Obama not to expand the war in Afghanistan. He said that he had sent Obama a message from his father, a World War II veteran. "I passed on to him a personal request from my father and his Japanese friend: 'Mr Obama, you do not know war. We both know war and want it no more'," he told reporters.
Moore attended the press conference in a casual coat over a black sweat shirt and sweat pants, looking decidedly casual. "The airline lost my luggage," he said, adding that one of his first stops in Tokyo was a clothing store popular with sumo wrestlers. "Where are they going to find a store in Japan with clothes that fit me? I am partly in my pajamas and partly in sumo attire," he said.
''Capitalism: A Love Story'' will be released in Tokyo and Osaka on Saturday and other major cities in January.© Wire reports