VIDEO – May Second Friday – Rob & Keiko Witmer on Solidarity with the Ainu
Rob and Keiko Wittmer were our Second Fridays guests in May. They spoke to us about their work with the Dohoku Centre in Japan and about the Ainu people, the indigenous people of northern Japan.
Rob and Keiko Witmer have been United Church overseas personnel since 1969, working in northern Japan. They have been associated with a grouping of 10 tiny churches in northern Hokkaido through the the Dohoku Centre, a rural church centre which carries out programs related to issues of food, agriculture, and rural society. These churches are also in relationship with the Ainu Peoples Resource Centre which is working in various ways to be in solidarity with the Ainu, the aboriginal people of northern Japan.