June 9, 2015
Abueva-Ikeda Dialogue Published in Japan
Japanese edition of Abueva-Ikeda dialogue
TOKYO, Japan: Publisher Daisanbunmeisha has released a dialogue between Dr. Jose V. Abueva, founder-president of Kalayaan College in the Philippines, and Daisaku Ikeda. In Marin rodo no akebono--kyosei no seiki o mitsumete (working title: "Global Citizenship: Toward a Civilization of Wisdom, Love and Peace"), the authors discuss issues and insights on tolerance, education and peacebuilding, as well as the principles of "non-killing" and a world without war. Their dialogue was originally serialized in the monthly commentary Daisanbunmei from June 2012 to August 2013. The hardcover edition has been reedited and features new material.
Before establishing Kalayaan College in 2000, Dr. Abueva served as secretary of the United Nations University (UNU) Council at its headquarters in Tokyo and later as director of its office at the UN in New York, then returned to UNU in Tokyo as director of planning and evaluation. He then served as president of the University of the Philippines (1987-93), the nation's premier institute of higher learning, as well as assisted former Philippine President Corazon Aquino in the facilitation of peace talks between the government and the Moro National Liberation Front.
In the dialogue, the authors discuss the history of relations between the Philippines and Japan, including Japan's invasion and occupation of the Philippines during World War II. Dr. Abueva recounts the deaths of his parents at the hands of occupying Japanese troops when he was 16 and how he overcame any sense of enmity toward the Japanese through his Christian faith. The two also examine their beliefs in tolerance and nonviolence in building peace, starting from the family and on to local communities and the entire world.
Dr. Abueva first met Mr. Ikeda in 1990, with the two meeting for a total of seven times over the years. The discussions they engaged in form the framework of their published work.
[Adapted from an article in the June 9, 2015, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan]