As of 10 June 2020
The Trustees of Agape World Reconcilliation have today decided that the 2020 Autumn Pilgrimage of Reconciliation to Japan will be cancelled, due to the public health concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dr Paul Dakin, Chriman of Agape World, released the statement below:-
It was with great reluctance that the Trustees cancelled the 2020 Pilgrimage to Japan. We did not want to disappoint the people who were so keen to take part, but also recognised that the over-riding concern was to protect the pilgrims and the team.
In view of the ongoing pandemic and travel restrictions, the Trustees had little choice. We hope that it will soon be possible to plan a new Pilgrimage, perhaps for next year.
One piece of encouraging news is that the Japanese embassy is hoping to hold the Reconciliation reception in the autumn.
As soon as some dates are suggested, we will inform you.
We hope that you are keeping well and safe during this trying time. For “things will get better”, as Captain Tom has repeatedly said.
We look forward to meeting all our friends and supporters in the not too distant future.
Paul Dakin, Chairman
We are now raising fund for the Pilgrimage 2020. If you are able to support financially this life changing trip, please visit our How to Give page.
The photograph is from the Pilgrimage 2012, when the veteran Ken Pett (front left) was finally released from the reccuring nighmares of the past 67 years. To read his stroy, written by Mike Heather, his son-in-law (front right), please click here.
The official photographs from the 23rd Annual Reunion at the Embassy of Japan, please click here.
The three generations of the POWs' families gathered together and shared their stories.
Even after 74 yeras since the VJ Day, enquries about their fathers and uncles, grand-fathers and great uncles are increasing, according to Mr Keith Andrews, Vice Chairman & Chief Resarcher for COFEPOW.