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[I-House Lecture]
Memory and Amnesia: Japan-Philippines Relations Reconsidered


  • Lecturer: Ambeth R. Ocampo (Associate Professor, Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines)
  • Moderator: Fujiwara Kiichi (Professor, University of Tokyo)
  • Date: Tuesday, October 17, 2017, 7:00-8:30 pm (Doors open at 6:30 pm)
  • Venue: Lecture Hall, International House of Japan
  • Language: English (without Japanese interpretation)
  • Admission: 1,000 yen (Students: 500 yen, IHJ members: Free)
  • Seating: 100 (reservations required) reservation
The issue of historical perceptions sometimes clouds a relationship between two countries, but despite painful wartime memories the Philippines and Japan have moved on to develop a stable friendship. Philippines-Japan Friendship Day is celebrated annually to commemorate the establishment of diplomatic relations after World War II. The date may be significant but conceals a longer historical relationship that goes as far back as the 16th century. History being contested territory, what people choose to remember or forget is a reflection of the “use and abuse of history”. This lecture will examine how the current Philippines-Japan friendship enables a look into the ways Japan and the Japanese appear in the national narrative of the Philippines.

Ambeth R. Ocampo (Associate Professor, Ateneo de Manila University)

Photo:Ambeth OcampoA leading public historian in the Philippines whose research covers the late 19th-century Philippines: its art, culture and the people who figure in the birth of the nation. He served as Chairman of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (2005-07) and concurrently as Chairman, National Historical Commission of the Philippines (2002-11). He has published over twenty books and has received various honors and awards, the latest being the 2016 Fukuoka [Academic] Prize. Dr. Ocampo writes a widely-read editorial page column for the Philippines Daily Inquirer and moderates a growing Facebook fan page. He is a fellow of the Asia Leadership Fellow Program (ALFP) 2014, co-organized by the International House of Japan and the Japan Foundation. (ALFP website: http://alfpnetwork.net/en/)
Fujiwara Kiichi (Professor, University of Tokyo)
FujiwaraSpecializing in Southeast Asian studies and international politics, Prof. Fujiwara has taught at the University of the Philippines, Johns Hopkins University and the University of Bristol, and was selected as a fellow of the Woodrow Wilson International Center in Washington, D.C., before joining the University of Tokyo. He is the author of various books on international affairs, including Heiwa no riarizumu [Peace for Realists] (Iwanami Shoten, 2004) which received the Ishibashi Tanzan Award in 2005, and co-editor of The Philippines and Japan in America’s Shadow (NUS Press, 2011), which was published both in Japanese and English.