‘Christianity is about relationship, hope…Rev Bruce Keeble’

It was in 1995. To mark the 50th anniversary of Victory Over Japan Day, a Scottish Sunday paper, Scotland on Sunday, carried an interview with two producers of Japan Desk Scotland. One of them was quoted in the article as saying: “I feel guilty of what Japan has done, even though I was not born whet it happened.” A few months later, two of them were suddenly invited by Rev Bruce Keeble, Minister of Hillhead Baptist Church, Glasgow, to come forward during the morning service. He said to them and to the congregation: “I will forgive you in the name of Jesus Christ.” They knew that he had been interned by the Japanese armed forces in China during WWII, but those days he didn’t talk about his experience in any detail.    

Twenty years later, in 2015, they visited him in Oxford and asked him about his wartime experience and his thoughts behind forgiving them  as part of the morning service on that day.

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Camera: Fumi Nakabachi
Directed and edited by: Yushin Toda
Produced by Fumi Nakabachi and Yushin Toda, Japan Desk Scotland
26 minutes
In English
©2015 Japan Desk Scotland

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This documentary has been part of documentary films production,This has been shown:

(1) on Wednesday 3 February 2016 at University of Strathclyde Chaplaincy Centre, Glasgow, Scotland, as part of Japan@Strathclyde 2015/16;

(2) on Sunday 29 May 2016 at Wellington Church, Glasgow, Scotland, during the joint evening service with Hillhead Baptist Church;

(3) on Tuesday 14 June 2016 at the Interfaith Room, University of Glasgow Chaplaincy, Glasgow, Scotland, as part of ‘Intangible legacies‘ event jointly organised by University of Glasgow Chaplaincy and Japan Desk Scotland. The event was part of the West End Festival;

(4) on Wednesday 26 April 2017 at University of Strathclyde Chaplaincy Centre, Glasgow, Scotland, as part of Japan@Strathclyde 2016/17;

(5) on Thursday 22 June 2017 at the Interfaith Room, University of Glasgow Chaplaincy, Glasgow, Scotland, as part of ‘Inclusive Glasgow – Documentaries’ event. The event was part of the West End Festival;

(6) on Monday 11 June 2018 at University of Glasgow Chapel, Glasgow, Scotland, as part of ‘Hope – Documentaries’ event; and

(7) on Tuesday 23 October 2018 at University of Glasgow Chapel, Glasgow, Scotland, as part of ‘Hope – six documentaries’.