Rekishi to Wakai: War Memory, War History and Reconciliation- the experiences of Japan, China, Korea and the UK.

When:  25 November 2011, 10.00am -5.00pm
Where:  The Woodhouse Rooms, University of Leeds, LS2 9JT
Event type:  WREAC Conference

This one day conference is being held to mark the publication, in Japanese, of a collection of essays by Japanese, Chinese, Korean and British academics, former Prisoners of War, and those who have been active in reconciliation efforts since the end of World War Two. More broadly, the conference reflects the many and varied activities aimed at recording, recalling, and reconciling the past, and will shed light on ongoing developments in reconciliation between the UK and Japan, and between Japan, China and Korea. The speakers will offer some fascinating first-hand accounts and reflections, academic analysis and an exploration of reconciliation in and beyond East Asia. The conference aims to highlight the continued importance of, and need for, joint efforts across and within nations to bring about a deeper understanding of war memory and reconciliation.

The event is open to the public, but attendance is by ticket only.
Cost £10.00 (concessions £5.00)

Please contact Jenni Rauch, WREAC, 14-20 Cromer Terrace, Leeds, LS2 9JT, ( to check availability before paying for a ticket.


Sponsors for the conference include the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation and the Japan Foundation. The organisers thank all sponsors for their generous support for this event.
The provisional programme is as follows:
 09.30   Registration and coffee
 10.00 - 10.10  Introduction by Chairman, Professor Hugo Dobson, Sheffield University
 10.10 – 10.40 Rekishi to Wakai – the Project and the Publication, Professor Fumitaka  Kurosawa, Tokyo Woman’s Christian University 
 10.40 – 10.50    Memory of a Far East Prisoner of War, George Reynolds, FEPOW
 10.50 – 11.00 The Double Tenth Incident and Repercussions at Changi Gaol, Rev. Martin Wilson, Son of The Rt. Rev. John Wilson, Bishop of Singapore
 11.00 – 11.10 Far East Prisoners of War and Reconciliation, Keiko Holmes OBE, Founder, Director, AGAPE
 11.10 - 11.30  Coffee Break
 11.30 – 11.40  Changi Gaol and JSPs, Dr Alan Loveless, medical supervisor Changi Gaol, 1946
 11.40 – 12.10 A Life of Reconciliation: Mr. Takashi Nagase and the Thai-Burma Railway, Professor  Kei Nemoto, Sophia University
 12.10 – 12.30  Q & A
 12.30 – 12.40   Memory of the Burma Campaign, Philip Malins, MBE, MC, Burma War Veteran
 12.40 – 13.40 Lunch break
 13.40 – 14.10 Reconciliation in East Asia, Professor Toshio Motegi, Tokyo Woman’s Christian University  
 14.10 – 14.40 Korean – Japanese Reconciliation, Professor Kim Bong Jin, Kitakyushu University
 14.40 – 15.10 Citizens’ Movements and Sino-Japanese Reconciliation, Professor Li En Min, J. F. Oberlin University
 15.10 – 15.30  Sino – Japanese Reconciliation, Professor Caroline Rose, Leeds University
 15.30 – 15.40    Q & A
 15.40 – 16.00  Tea Break
 16.00 – 16.20 Reflections on the Wartime Thinking of Louis Allen, Professor Ian Nish, Emeritus Professor of International History, London School of Economics
 16.20 – 16.40 Historicization of War Memory – Nationalism as a Human Problem, Professor Nobuko Kosuge, Yamanashi Gakuin University
 16.40 – 16.50  Q & A
   16.50 – 17.00 Conclusion by Chairman, Professor Hugo Dobson, Sheffield University