"We young men cannot live under the oppression of the old Japan. At the same time, we've reached a juncture where the world must know that we will not live under oppression from the modern West. To us, the young men of this new age, the oppression from the modern West, in regard to society and also in regard to literature, is no less offensive than oppression from the old Japan."
"We are scholars of Western literature. However, scholarship of Western literature is fundamentally different from subservience. We do not study Western literature in order to be shackled by it. We study rather to emancipate minds from bondage. We possess the confidence and determination to refuse any literary scholarship, however coercively pressed on us, that is not aligned with our principals."
"Our confidence and determination are what set up apart from others. Literature is not a technical trade. Nor is it administrative work. It's the motive force of human society, touching directly on the fundamental meaning of humanity. That's why we study literature, that's what imbues us with the aforementioned confidence and determination, and that's why we can assign extraordinary import to tonight's gathering."
"Our society is in the midst of a great transition. Literature, which is a product of society, is also in a state of transition. Riding the waves of change, we must unite our individual efforts into a greater whole. We must enhance, develop, and expand our individual destinies. And we must shape literature in accord with our ideals. The beer and coffee we've consumed tonight, if it moves us even one step closer to realizing our latent potential, has paid for itself a hundred times over."