Phongphan Fujisaki, who is of mixed Thai-Japanese parentage and moved to Japan at the age of 15, believes Thailand can learn a lot from his other mother country.
Fujisaki, who runs language schools both in Japan and in Thailand, has become famous in the Southeast Asian country as a producer of an educational TV program introducing Japanese society, culture and technology.
“Many people in Thailand think that the Japanese are different and have acquired what they have now just because they are rich, and don’t have any idea that they have made so many creative efforts to develop technology and make society the way it is today,” he said in Tokyo.
“I wanted to tell Thai people that one small idea can be something great,” he added.
His 30-minute program, titled “Dohiru,” was aired by Thailand’s public broadcaster every Saturday from April 2012 until earlier this year.
Fujisaki took charge of all the production procedures, from selecting themes to visiting sites and recording narrations.
The varied themes for the program ranged from Japan’s taxation system, disaster prevention measures, waste disposal services and schools to manga and ramen.
“There are so many things in Japan from which Thailand can learn,” he said.
Fujisaki was born in Bangkok to a Thai man and Japanese woman.
He persuaded his parents to let him come to Japan when he was 15 as he longed to “change” himself and study in Japan.
While trying to make his way in Japan, he began to think that Thais should be able to do what the Japanese can do, and decided to produce the TV program.
The program garnered a lot of reaction and even led a national newspaper to suggest the Thai government adopt Japanese systems and ways of thinking.
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