‘Make Peace in the Philippines’

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In June 2014, Japan Desk Scotland visited the Philippines for the first time in twenty five years to meet with old Filipino friends of theirs to interview them on peace. In Japan, peace seems to be seen as something that has prevailed since the end of WWII, but they talked about peace as something to be made.

Karen Tañada, Executive Director of GZO Peace Institute talked about peace in terms of justice, freedom, peaceful means to achieve peace, and remembering. Jojo Deles, a consultant on governance, talked about the role of governance for making peace, while Dan Sangco, President and CEO of PinoyME Foundation, talked about peace through inclusive prosperity by uplifting micro enterprises (ME).

In addition, Karen suggested them to meet with elder Filipino men, whose fathers were massacred by Japanese soldiers in Batangas in February/March 1945. They went there an d met Alex Maralit and Segundo Manalo Mea. The meeting was arranged by Chito Generoso, whose grandfather was massacred. It turned out that Jojo and Dan also lost their grandfathers to the massacre.

Karen also took them to her lecture on peace making at United Nations University of Peace in Manila, where they met Michiko Fukuda, a Masters student from Japan. Michiko talked about stories she had heard from Filipino comfort women for Japanese soldiers during the WWII. WWII.

Interviewed guests in order of their first appearance: Karen Tañada, Jojo Deles, Dan Sangco, Chito Generoso, Alex Maralit, Segundo Manalo Mea, and Michiko Fukuda.


Camera: Fumi Nakabachi
Music: Marius Pirhonen
Written, Directed and Edited by: Yushin Toda
Producer: Fumi Nakabachi and Yushin Toda, Japan Desk Scotland
43 minutes
Mostly in English, but partly in Japanese with English subtitles.
©2015 Japan Desk Scotland


This is the ninth documentary made as part of our Documentary Film Production.

The documentary has been screened:

(1) on Friday 7 February 2015 at University of Strathclyde Chaplaincy Centre, Glasgow, scotland, as part of Japan@Strathclyde 2014/15;

(2) on Thursday 11 June 2015 at the Interfaith Room, University of Glasgow Chaplaincy, Glasgow, Scotland, as part of ‘Here and there (seven documentaries)’;

(3) on Thursday 25 June 2015 at Oshima National College of Maritime Technology, Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan;

(4) on Wednesday 16 May 2018 at Moving Image Archive, National Library of Scotland, Kelvin Hall, Glasgow, Scotland, as part of ‘Japanese Journeys@Kelvin Hall’;

(5) on Wednesday 13 February 2019 at Moving Image Archive, National Library of Scotland, Kelvin Hall, Glasgow, Scotland, as part of ‘Japanese Craft Documentaries’; and

(6) on Tuesday 5 November 2019 at the International Study Group held in the Interfaith Room, University of Glasgow Chaplaincy, Glasgow, Scotland