Ogawa Shinzuke’s form of partisan filmmaking has influenced subsequent generations of documentary filmmakers in Japan, East Asia and beyond. Begun in the late 1980s, Red Persimmons is the culmination of Ogawa’s final project, deftly completed by his protegé, Chinese filmmaker Peng Xiaolin.
A showing of sections of the film Beneath the Bamboo Grass Tombs (Sasa no Bohyō) in Japanese with English subtitles) documenting the work of the East Asia Collaborative Workshop (with introductory comments by Yoshihiko Tonohira).
Since 1997, the East Asia Collaborative Workshop, based in Hokkaido has been running reconciliation events which bring together young Japanese, Koreans (including members of the Korean community in Japan), and people from other countries to share ideas about recent history.
This study examines the nature of the migration of Zainichi Koreans from Japan, to North Korea and back to Japan across almost sixty years and several generations and how this movement has shaped their lives in contemporary Japan.
Professor Ogawa will discuss Japan’s changing pattern of intergenerational transfers, both public and private, over the period 1984-2009.
Rural control was an enormous project in Japan’s engineering of Manchukuo.
Former Japanese Prime Minister, Mr Naoto Kan will share his reflections on the Fukushima nuclear crisis and the need to embrace renewable energy.