Revisiting History with Journalism: Presented by NHK WORLD TV

| Written by UP Media and Public Relations Office


A Special Lecture and Documentary Screening at the University of the Philippines


NHK WORLD TV from Japan collaborates with the University of the Philippines to present a special lecture for students of the College of Mass Communication. Following a screening of a documentary detailing the history between the Philippines and Japan after World War Two, students will explore the role investigative journalism plays in uncovering the truth while engaging in lively discussion with a panel of speakers consisting of the documentary’s producers and NHK WORLD journalists.

Quezon City, Manila, Philippines – 21st April 2017, Friday

Several classes from the University of the Philippines’ College of Mass Communication will attend the special lecture, which is also open to all interested students of the university. The 90 minute special lecture will replace their usual class at that timeslot.

Social media will play a part in facilitating the conversation, with students posing responses and questions to panelists via the Twitter hashtag #NHKUP.

Having completed similar screenings in Los Angeles, London, and Paris this year, NHK WORLD is on a mission to share the power of journalism with the world. At the Philippines edition, university students interested in pursuing a career in journalism will have the opportunity to hear firsthand about veteran journalists’ day-to-day experience
as well as learn more about the processes which enable journalists’ search for the truth.

About the Documentary

Sub-title: Lt. Onoda’s Return: The Untold Story of a Japanese War Straggler

Synopsis: NHK World has a look at the behind-the-scenes negotiations that helped a Japanese soldier return from the Philippines, nearly 30 years after World War Two. Lieutenant Hiroo Onoda received a hero’s welcome upon returning to his homeland in 1974, but with NHK journalists’ thorough research of official documents, the story takes a different turn. The documentary program involving investigative journalism reveals that it was what appears to be a political and diplomatic deal which allowed the Philippines and Japan to draw closer and move on from the past.


Panelists’ Profile


Takumoto Hashimoto / Reporter

An NHK reporter since 1989, Hashimoto has covered the administration of Prime Minister Tomiichi Murayama as a political correspondent and the Defense Agency (now Ministry of Defense) as well as Self-Defense Forces in the Current Affairs Division.

Throughout his career, he has focused on coverage of Japanese gangs and historical stories relating to World War Two (Asia and the Pacific) as well as the post-war period. Hashimoto is also head editor of the NHK World’s news program, NHK NEWSLINE.


Takafumi Terui / Reporter

Since 2003, Terui has covered stories relating to the U.S. bases in Japan as an NHK reporter. From 2012, as a reporter for NHK World, he was stationed for 9 months in Beijing and also covered COP21 in Paris in 2015.

Last year, Terui served as a member of the NHK coverage team studying and reporting on the Panama Papers.



Fumio Kanda / Director

Kanda is currently a TV program director for NHK World. She returned to Japan in 2013 after working in New York, London and Shanghai. While in London, she worked at BBC History and Factual as an associate producer on WW2 documentary series. She is keen to find ways to tell the stories which matter in people’s lives today and share more similarities rather than differences across the world.



Event Details

Date: 21st April 2017
Time: 1.00pm – 2.30pm
Venue: UP College of Mass Communication
Plaridel Hall, Ylanan Road, University of the Philippines
Diliman, Quezon City 1101


For enquiries, please contact:

Nitobe Teppei / Zephyr Ow
Tel: +81-80-3480-6394
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