Japanese civilian campaigner for reconciliation between former British Far Eastern Prisoners of War and Japanese; founder of charity Agape.
REEL 1: Aspects of period in Japan, 1948-1979: family background and childhood in Iruka; story about British POWs working in nearby copper mine during war; father’s military service; education; story of meeting future husband Paul Holmes in Tokyo; story about memorial to 16 British POWs who died while working in copper mine in Iruka; moved to London, GB with family, 1979. Aspects of period in London, GB, 1979-1996: reaction to death of husband, 1984; story of visiting POW memorial in Iruka, 1988; description of memorial and use of Christian symbolism; story of learning more about copper mine from local government officials and villagers; opinion of treatment of POWs; fraternisation between POWs and local civilians; story of friendship with former POW Joe Cummings who worked in copper mine; story of being initially refused entry to British Far East Prisoners of War Association annual conference at the Barbican,1991; attitude to continuing hatred of Japanese by POWs; story of leaving copies of book about Ikura mine at memorial service in St Martin-in-the Fields, London; method of financing publication of book including help from POWs and businessmen; story of organising visit to memorial in Iruka; problem of fund raising due to sensitivity of subject in Japan; use of Japanese newspapers to publicise trip.
REEL 2 Continues: reaction to hostility from POWs; story of first trip to with POWs to Iruka, Japan, 10/1992; size of party and problem finding accommodation; description of reception on arrival at station; problem of language; description of memorial service; story of vising British Embassy in Tokyo; effect of visit on POWs views towards Japanese; importance of cultural exchanges between GB and Japan in reconciliation process; story of memorial being built and post-war maintenance; story of old people in village tending memorial; problem of finding families of dead POWs; story of meeting Japanese ambassador at summer festival in Battersea Park and offer of financial assistance; attitude to Japanese government financing trips for POWs; story about Japanese soldier convicted for war crimes attending memorial service in Yokahama; opinion of press coverage; media appearances to promote book; story of further visit to Japan, 1995; plans to form charity; importance of young people in GB and Japan continuing work of reconciliation; attitude to pacifism and war.
REEL 3 Continues: opinion of Japanese government’s position on offering formal apology to POWs; story of visit to Hiroshima with POWs; effect of atomic bombs on Japanese people.