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Poster : webmaster on 2014-12-08 17:59:29 (1413 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 (876 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

Poster : webmaster on 2014-11-05 13:53:08 (492 reads)

There was an error in the leaflet.
WCC stands for "World Christian Council" ...correction, "World Council of Churches."

We regret the error.
The leaflet was updated. 

Leaflet Corrected

Poster : webmaster on 2014-10-21 16:01:48 (639 reads)

 WCC (World Council of Churches) officially announced that Rev. Dr. Olav Tveit, General Secretary will join the 4th Global Inter-Religious Conference on Article 9. We are happy to have him in the conference. He will give a lecture on “the statement on the reinterpretation of  Article 9 of the Japanese Constitution” among 4 statements WCC adopted this year, in terms of the process of adoption and peace and justice WCC considers. For further information, please see the leaflet. You can download the latest PDF (updated Oct. 21) also from “Article 9 Global Inter-Religious Conference” of the menu on the right.

The 4th Global Inter-Religious Conference on Article 9 will be held from Dec.3rd to 5th, at YMCA Asia Youth Center, Chiyoda-ku Tokyo. 
Latest leaflet (updated Oct.21)

Poster : webmaster on 2014-10-15 16:04:23 (677 reads)

 From the Global Inter-Religious Conference on Article 9.

A leaflet for the 4th conference which will be held Dec.1 to 5 is now available for easier distribution. 

Please print on A4 paper withou size reduction.

You can get the PDF also from the "Article 9 Global Inter-Religious Conference" in Menu on the right.


Leaflet for the conference 

Poster : webmaster on 2014-10-06 11:59:16 (1019 reads)

Dear ecumenical friends,
Notice from Article 9 Global Inter-Religious Conference.

The book of "the 3rd Asia Inter-Religious Conference" which was held in Okinawa in 2011 is now in PDF.
Please download and read it. 
You can get it also from "Article 9 Global Inter-Religious Conference" in the menu on the right of the page.

 The 3rd Asia Inter-Religious Conference on Article 9 

Poster : webmaster on 2014-09-24 11:21:59 (498 reads)

 The latest program of the 4th Article 9 Global Inter-Religious Conference has come out. The PDF is posted also in the "Article 9  Global Inter-Religious Conference" Section in the MENU on the right. Please see it.

Letter 4: Latest Program

Time Table (updated)

Poster : webmaster on 2014-08-01 18:00:18 (1005 reads)

 The 4th Global Inter-Religious Conference on Article 9 will be held from December 1st (Mon) to 5th (Fri) 2014. The section for this conference is now set up at the bottom of the menu, right of this page. Please download the PDFs of the program and the registration form.

We will update the news in this section.

For further information, please email to ;
or call 

Poster : webmaster on 2014-07-29 11:55:50 (625 reads)

 On July 6th, a hate speech demonstration against Japan Christian Center was carried out in Nishi-Waseda. Ten Christian churches and organizations including National Christian Conference for Promotion of a Basic Law for Foreign Residents and NCCJ Human Tights of Foreign Residents Committee published the Joint Statement against this outrageous act.

Download the PDF.

Joint Statement PDF

Poster : webmaster on 2014-02-26 16:53:59 (807 reads)

The Inter-Religious Conference on Article 9 participated in the WCC General Assembly that was held in Busan from October 30th to November 8th last year. Twelve members were sent, including two from NCCJ: Koichi Kobashi, moderator, and Toshiyuki Mineda, communications officer.  We gave a workshop on the Article 9 of the Constitution.

In the workshop, After the welcome speech by Rev. Hiroko Ueda, 4 persons from Japan and 3 persons from overseas countries gave presentations from each perspective. Finally, Rev. Kobashi made an appeal to maintain the article 9 and spread the value to the world. All their speeches emphasized the importance of the Article 9 of the Constitution of Japan, especially under the critical situation since Prime Minister Abe who tries to revise the Constitution took office.

However, we regret that our appeal was not adopted by the Public Issues Committee because, according to the report of the committee, the proposal did not meet the required criteria. We are preparing to ask them what we need to do to be approved.


Here are the concept paper of the workshop, and the scripts of the presentations given in the workshop. We do not have the scripts by Rev. Henriette Hutabarat Lebang and Rev. Kim Yong Ju. We are sorry for not being able to share them. 


Concept Paper Ueda Takeda Okura 

Tamagawa Kamiya Kobashi Schmidt-Hesse


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