Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Japanese soldier’s son donates once again to the Philippines

Humanitarian Kenji Hirakawa of Fukuoka Prefecture, the son of a World War II Japanese soldier, donated in cash over P91,000 to the Father Saturnino Urios University Foundation Inc. and the Department of Social Welfare and Development Donation Fund.
A Japanese soldier's son, who lives in Fukuoka (pictured), donated to the Philippines as a form of apology "for all the troubles" his father "may have caused the Filipino people." Japan Travel photo

Hirakawa already started donating to the Philippines back in 2013 when he felt great empathy towards the Typhoon Yolanda victims, the super typhoon that harmed the Philippines back in 2012.

"I am enclosing here ¥200,000 for all the troubles my father may have caused to the Filipino people,” said Hirakawa when he first helped the Philippines in terms of donation.

Hirakawa’s story goes beyond simply philanthropy.

His story is that his father was a member of the Japanese Imperial Army during the 2nd World War. He was three months old when his father left him to fight and he died in the mountains of Hungduan in Ifugao Province. It is because of this that Hirakawa was even more incentivized to donate to the Philippines.

He had donated to the Department of Social Welfare and Development in 2013, and has been donating in the past five years.

Because of his donations, the San Roque Elementary School in Tolosa, Leyte was successfully reconstructed in 2014 and 2015, as well as being able to provide new supplies to the Talamsi Elementary School II in Trinidad, Bulacan in 2016.

In 2017, the Father Saturnino Urios University Foundation Inc. received ¥400,000 that was used to provide education to the children of the Philippines.  The DSWD as well was able to help the victims of Typhoon Tembin/Vinta in Mindanao in December 2017.

Kenji Hirakawa is now 70 years old and still in contact with the Embassy and he has expressed in letters that he is happy that his help has gone a long way to alleviating the struggles of the Filipino people.

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Source: Philstar

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