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Poster : webmaster on 2015-04-15 16:56:24 (734 reads)

Dear Ecumenical Friends,

On March 13th, as you already know, Cyclone Pam hit Vanuatu in the South Pacific Ocean. It killed more than 17 people, destroyed thousands of houses and plantations including Tanna Island. The damage situations have not yet become clear, and people are still in the severe circumstances. Act Alliance published the appeal for Relief on March 20th. Collected donations will be used for restoration of damaged roads and buildings (including medical facilities), medical treatment and care of injured people, etc.

We have decided to make an appeal for relief of Vanuatu Cyclone responding to ACT Alliance’s request. We would be grateful for your cooperation.

Appeal target by ACT Alliance to all the member organizations: 

US $ 638,302-

Period: September 30, 2015
Postal book-transfer Account: 00181-4-75788
Account name: National Christian Council in Japan
Please note “Vanuatu Cyclone Relief 2015” as the subject.

National Christian Council in Japan
2-3-1-216, Toyo, Koto-ku, Tokyo, 135-0016
Phone: 03-6666-8760  Fax: 03-6666-8766

Poster : webmaster on 2015-04-08 15:20:45 (797 reads)

 The 39th NCCJ General Assembly was held on March 23rd, 24th at Reinanzaka Church of UCCJ in Minato-ku.


1Closing of Japan Ecumenical Disaster Response Office (JEDRO)

The closing of Japan Ecumenical Disaster Response Office (JEDRO) was reported and approved.

JEDRO started after the Great East Japan Earthquake occurred in 2011, as an acceptance organization of donation from inside and outside of Japan. After three years since the launch of the office, as the contribution almost disappeared, we decided dissolution for reform of the JEDRO. However, the disaster area’s recovery is still halfway to complete, and there are many needs to support of overseas disasters. NCCJ will continue activities searching more improving and efficient ways based on the cooperation with ACT Alliance.


2. Appointment of New Executives

In the 39th general assembly, Koichi KOBASHI, moderator, Makoto WATABE, vice moderator, Shoko AMINAKA, general secretary, will remain in the same positions, and three new executive members were appointed.

Vice Moderator: Shinichi YAHAGI (Episcopal Church of Japan)

Secretary: Shinya KIM (Korean Christian Church)

          Goshi ITO (National Councils of YMCAs of Japan)


In the budget bill of the new assembly period, there was a question about the seismic strengthening construction of the Christian Hall. The financing chairperson answered that we still cannot include it in the budget as the construction committee’s budget is not yet determined.


3. The Theme of 39th Period

The theme of the 39th General Assembly Period is “Advance together, following the Lord’s word on the cross.” (Matthew 16:24)

The following seven items are our primary goals for this period.

1) Doing missionary activities together

2) Testifying God together in society

3) Cooperating with friends of the world

4) Preparing a mission conference/symposium in 2016 for the 70th Anniversary of NCCJ

5) Promoting the commemorative project for 500th Anniversary of Reformation

6) Enhancing committee activities

7) Promoting governance and financial reformation such as revising the divisions, the regulation, expanding contribution and communicating actions


NCCJ has already been under a severe situation in terms of personnel and finance since the 37th general assembly period, but the importance of our mission is increasing when we consider the circumstances of the world and Japan. Please keep us in your prayer and support so that we could keep on advancing. 

  Three persons on the left are newly appointed executive members.

Poster : webmaster on 2015-01-28 14:07:58 (1146 reads)

The Global Inter-religious Conference on Article 9 sent the statement "A comment on Article 9 of Japanese Peace Constitution from World Council of Churches" by Rev. Dr. Olav Tveit to the Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on January 26th.

Download the PDF below. 

A Comment on Article 6 

Poster : webmaster on 2015-01-21 16:45:40 (729 reads)

 On January 18th, the first day of Christian Unity Week, the worship was held at Catholic Church of St. Francis Xavier in Tokyo. The theme is “The Lord said ‘Give me a drink of water.’ ”

At 2:30, the service started, presided by Rev. Koichi Kobashi, NCCJ Moderator, and Rev. Kazuo Koda, Auxiliary Bishop of Catholic Tokyo Diocese. After having sung hymns, the Scripture John 4:1-42 was read, and Br. Manuel Hernandes of Society of Jesus, gave a message.

In the sermon titled “Conversation is important for Christianity to unite,” he said “Everybody should work for the mission. We come to church, pray for ourselves, become satisfied, and keep indifferent about others. It’s not an attitude of a missionary. We should grow believers of Christ.” And he called on us to practice the Lord word “Love one another.”

The offerings were, according to the story of the Samaritan woman, cited in the service, donated to women in difficulties, especially to the center for drug-addicted women, and to single mothers who evacuated from Fukushima to Tokyo.

The amount of the participants were 74 (49 Catholics and 25 Protestants). After the service, a fellowship meeting was held and ended at 4:30. 

  Catholic Church of St. Francis Xavier


  From right, Rev. Kazuo Koda, Auxiliary Bishop of Catholic, Koichi Kobashi, NCCJ Moderator, Br. Manuel Hernandes of Society of Jesus


  Br. Hernandes gives a message.

Poster : webmaster on 2015-01-07 15:08:49 (765 reads)

 To our ecumenical friends,

The new year has begun. We hope the blessings of the Lord will guide your paths in 2015 as ever.

In March this year, the 38th general assembly period will end. It has been three years with many issues for us after the Great East Japan Earthquake, and we are grateful to have been able to pursuing our activities with the Lord’s guidance and your prayers and cooperation. We are now preparing for the general assembly which is to be held on March 23th, 24th.

We are going to continue our mission to proclaim God’s words to fulfill peace on earth in the next general assembly period as well. Please keep NCCJ in your prayer.  

In Christ,

Rev. Shoko Aminaka

NCCJ General Secretary

Poster : webmaster on 2014-12-25 20:38:51 (739 reads)

Merry Christmas to each of our ecumenical friends from NCCJ!  

Remember those who are suffering from the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011, those who were made weak and humiliated by war, natural disasters, famine throughout the world.

We pray that the blessings of Christmas fill their hearts with hope and strength.




Poster : webmaster on 2014-12-19 16:27:19 (702 reads)

 Christmas holidays of NCC office are as follows:

December 22 (mon) Last workday of 2014

Decmber 23 (Tue) - January 4 (Sun) Chritmas holidays

January 5 (Mon) Office opens

Poster : webmaster on 2014-12-09 13:02:53 (633 reads)

The booklet of the 4th Global Conference is now available in PDF. Also, the final statement and the presentations which were not in booklet are bound as Appendix. 

All documents that were posted on 6th are included.

Download the files below.

  Booklet of the 4th Global Inter-religious Conference

Appendix (Statement and Presentations)

Poster : webmaster on 2014-12-08 17:59:29 (1374 reads)

 The 4th Global Inter-Religious Conference on Article 9 of Japanese Constitution was held from 3rd to 5th December at YMCA Asia Youth Center in Tokyo. About 120 people from 15 countries participated. 

The conference started under the name of Asia Inter-Religious Conference on Article 6 which was held in 2007 (Tokyo), followed by the 2nd in 2009 (Seoul) and the 3rd in 2011 (Okinawa). This time, we changed the name to Global Inter-Religious Conference on Article 9, reflecting the participations from all over the world.
Prior to the conference, we had exposure trips to Yokosuka U.S. Naval Base and Naval Air force Facility Atsugi on December 2nd, to Yasukuni Shrine on the morning of December 3rd.
The main conference started on December 3rd, and Keynote Address by Prof. Tetsuya Takahashi (Tokyo University), the presentation by Rev. Dr. Olav Fykse Tveit (WCC General Secretary),  and the story sharings by Mr. Masayuki Chinen (Student of Okinawa Christian University) and Rev. Friedhelm Schneider (EMS Germany) were given. The following day, the presentation by Rev. Tainen Miyagi (Buddhist, Shogo-in Temple, Japan), and the story sharings by Prof. Yi Kiho (Hanshin University, Korea) and Rev. U Damma Thara (Buddhist, Myammar) , finally the presentation by Dr. Chandra Muzaffar (Muslim, Malaysia) were given. 
The outline of the final statement is as follows: under the recognition that the article 9 of the Japanese Constitution is more than ever relevant for regional and international relations, and that it is forward-looking, we urge all the people of the world to transcend narrow nationalism and strive to construct the peaceful world. We will also call upon WCC to hold the next conference.
On the last day, we marched in the vicinity of YMCA Asia Youth Center, appealing “Peace” in each country’s language.
In this conference, WCC General Secretary and Christian Council in China (CCC) participated for the first time, and the participants were Christians, Buddhists and Muslims from 45 organizations. We confirmed that Article 9 which was nominated for Nobel Peace Prize is worldwide recognized. 

You can see the statement and the presentation by Rev. Dr. Tveit is on the site. All the addresses and presentations will be posted to this site soon.
Participants of the conference
Rev. Dr Olav Fyske Tveit
Marching after the conference

Poster : webmaster on 2014-12-06 22:59:28 (835 reads)

 The 4th Global Inter-Religious Conference on Article 9 was held from Dec. 3 to 5 at YMCA Asia Youth Center in Tokyo.  

Here are the Final Statement of the Conference and the Adress by Rev. Dr Olaf Fykse Tveit, WCC General Secretary.

Final Statement of the 4th Global Inter-religious Conference on Article 9

Article Nine of the japanese Constitution - A Pillar for Peace in Northeast Asia and Beyond

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