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Rissho Kosei-kai Sends Annual Peace Mission to the Philippines

April 2017

Rissho Kosei-kai sent its annual peace mission to the Philippines for a five-day visit starting April 6. The aim of the annual mission is to promote cordial relations between Japan and the Philippines through interaction with people of different institutions in the Philippines, including members of the Bataan Christian Youth Civic Circle (BCYCC).

After arriving in Manila on April 6, the seven-member mission traveled to the cemetery for Japanese war dead in the city of Muntinlupa in Metropolitan Manila and held a memorial service for all the dead of the Second World War. On April 7, the mission members toured the site of the demolished Mabalacat Airfield in the province of Pampanga, where the first Japanese Kamikaze pilots took off in October 1944 during the Battle of Leyte Gulf. They also visited the Capas National Shrine in the province of Tarlac, which was built by the Philippine government as a memorial to the Allied soldiers who died at Camp O'Donnell at the end of the Bataan Death March in April 1942. The shrine stands on the former site of the camp, which was a prison for Filipino and American soldiers captured by the Imperial Japanese Army during its invasion of the Philippines. Some 60,000 Filipinos and Americans were housed there.

On April 8, the mission members celebrated the 42nd anniversary of the construction of the Friendship Tower, located in the city of Bagac in the Bataan Peninsula, together with residents and local members of BCYCC, including university students who are recipients of the scholarship granted by the BCYCC-administered Bataan Christian Youth Foundation. After the ceremony, members of both Rissho Kosei-kai and BYCC tolled the tower's Peace Bell and pledged their determination to world peace.

On April 9, mission members took part in an annual Bataan Day ceremony, a national observance in the Philippines, to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the fall of Bataan during the Second World War.

The Friendship Tower was built in 1975 by young local residents and Rissho Kosei-kai members as a symbol of friendship between Japan and the Philippines. The BCYCC was founded in 1978 by some of the local people who had participated in construction of the tower, with the aim of contributing in the spirit of the Catholic love of culture, education, and social welfare in the Philippines. Since its foundation, the BCYCC has had cordial relations with Rissho Kosei-kai.

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