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Chief Correspondent from Mainichi Shimbum - Japan's oldest broadsheet newspaper, visits George Bell House (posted 30 March 2015)

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The Chief UK Correspondent for Mainichi Shimbun, Japan's oldest broadsheet newspaper, visits George Bell House...

Cathedral Chancellor with Takayasu Ogura, European General Bureau of Mainichi Newspapers
Cathedral Chancellor with Takayasu Ogura, of Mainichi Newspapers

Last week Takayasu Ogura, the Chief UK Correspondent for Mainichi Shimbun, Japan's oldest broadsheet, visited George Bell House at Chichester Cathedral. 

He was in Chichester to interview Major General Ian Lyall-Grant, the first chairman of the Burman Campaign Society, which is an organisation set up by Japanese and British veterans of the Second World War to facilitate Anglo-Japanese reconciliation.

In his role of chairman of this society Major General Lyall-Grant visited Japan in the 1990s as part of the Burman Campaign Society's reconciliation efforts.  During this visit the group were presented with a letter of commendation which Major General Lyall-Grant has since given to George Bell House.  The commendation now hangs on the wall of the Dresden Room within the house.

The document inscribed in Japanese, is a formal commendation, awarded to the Burma Campaign Fellowship Group (BCFG), and is signed by the Japanese Foreign Minister.  The document translates into English as follows:

"Through your tireless efforts to promote mutual understanding between Japan and the United Kingdom you have made a highly distinguished contribution to UK - Japan relations.  In expressing my profound respect for your achievement, I hereby present you with this commendation."

George Bell House is a centre for education, vocation and reconciliation.  Bishop George Bell, Bishop of Chichester 1929 - 1958, has a worldwide reputation for his tireless work for international reconciliation, the arts, education and church unity.  The House that bears his name provides a place where work in these areas can continue and prosper.  

Click here to find out more about George Bell House.

Click here to visit the website of Mainichi Shimbun where Takayasu Ogura's article will be published in early June - date to be confirmed.

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