Feb 18-21, 2007
AHAN Nippon Kan Mindanao Region 10 Coordinator
Homma Kancho visited the Philippines this past February on a fact-finding mission for AHAN and to teach Aikido. Homma Kancho had the rare opportunity to be the first Japanese citizen to join a joint U.S. Army and Philippine Army military medical mission in a predominantly Muslim area of the island of Mindanao. This area has been “in the news” lately as a reported hotbed of resistance and terrorist activity. There are many independent resistance groups like the MNLF, and the NPA, and South East Asian terrorist organizations like the Abusaya and Jamaislamia active in this area. Much has been done to calm activity in this area, and currently there is a fragile cease fire in place. Political strife and violence however threaten to erupt in an otherwise magical place.