As a young student in Tokyo in the 1980s, Alfred Ty has always found Japan a memorable place that is rich in culture.
He thought everyone, especially Filipinos, should be able to share in the rich cultural experience Japan has to offer.
However, at that time, Japan seemed very distant – heard of by foreigners, but rarely understood, he said.
“Japan’s closed doors have led to a lack of understanding by Filipinos toward its culture. This could be traced to limited flights, strict visa policies and language barriers,” Ty said.