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Poster : admin on 2012-04-04 13:26:56 (1352 reads)

NCC’s new general assembly has started with new executive members.

On March 26th, 27th, the general meeting was held at St. Andrews Tokyo Church (Episcopal Church of Japan, Minato-ku, Tokyo). In this meeting, all the executive members have been replaced.

The new members are as follows.

Moderator: Kouichi Kobashi (Member of Executive Council of the United Church of Christ in Japan, Pastor of Niijima Church),

Vice-Moderator: Kano Yoshitaka (Pastor of Kurigasawa Japan Baptist Church), Makoto Watabe (Japan Bible Society),

Secretary of General Assembly: Wataru Arizumi (National Councils of YMCAs of Japan), Hiroko Hiraoka ,

General Secretary: Shoko Aminaka (Pastor of the United Church of Christ in Japan)

The theme of the 38th General Assembly is “Keep on walking together, following Jesus Christ” (Mark1:17).

Our policy for this term is to keep on developing the current activity, based on the words of the scripture.

1)     We will strengthen the tie with World Church Council and Christian Council of Asia, through the World’s Ecumenical movement.

2)     Internally, we will promote the agreement and cooperation among churches and pursue the activitiies we have been doing.

As concrete examples, Peace and The Article 9 of the Constitution, Human Right, Freedom of Faith, the World without Nuclear, Disaster relief of the Great Earthquake.


Although NCC, now in the process of structural reorganization, is facing many issues in terms of activity contents, finance, personnel, we are going to give our best to spread the Lord’s words, practice the tasks he ordered, handling the issues with God’s guidance and cooperation of our supporters. 

New executive members of the 38th general assembly

Poster : admin on 2012-03-19 11:22:45 (1015 reads)

We received a report from Rev. Kiyokuni Fujii on the Nagasaki Ecumenical Prayer Service 
At 4 o’clock on March 11th, one year after the Great East Japan Earthquake, Nagasaki Christian Ecumenical Prayer Meeting was held. More than 1200 people gathered and gave prayers together. 
The main presiding was done by Mitsuaki Takami, bishop of Catholic Archdiocese of Nagasaki, and the message was given by Rev. Yasufumi Tomono of National Christian Council. Co-presiding was joined by almost 40 bishops and reverends. 
In the meeting, Mayor Tomihisa Tagami gave a massage “Word for Mourning and Renaissance,” and hymns were sung by Ms. Rutsuko Honda and the ecumenical choir that was assembled for the meeting. 
Also, prayers and pictures for this service were dedicated by more than 1600 children, -from kindergarten kids to high school students- of mission schools and Sunday schools. These prayers were edited as “Prayer of Nagasaki’s Children”, and presented by six children with all the prayers and pictures of all the children.
“Prayer of Nagasaki’s Children” 
Our Father, 
Give us the light and courage.
Children our age have lost their homes and friends. 
Our friends who were looking forward to their future have passed away.
And many people are in sufferings still now.
Please give smile and hope to all the children and people,
We pray that all could live cheerfully and lively,
That the lands and seas of their hometowns damaged by the earthquake and tsunami and
 contaminated by the radiation might recover, and they could be back home again.
Please make us not forget that we and the nature were created by you. 
Let us remember the damaged region and the people in troubles and those who work for them, 
 and have hearts to help with one other. 
Let us act with love you taught us.
In the precious name of the Lord,

Poster : admin on 2012-03-13 18:11:32 (822 reads)

On Sunday March 11, one year after the East Japan Great Earthquake, the National Christian Council in Japan and the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Japan held a “Joint Memorial Prayer Service of Remembrance and Hope for Revival upon the 1 Year Anniversary of the East Japan Great Earthquake and Disasters.” The Service took place in Kojimachi St. Ignatius Catholic Church, Tokyo.

Shortly before the service, at 2:46 PM, the exact time of the earthquake was marked by one minute of silence, followed by a tolling of the Church’s bell. The service, presided jointly by Archbishop Takeo Okada of the Catholic Church and Reverend Isamu Koshiishi, NCCJ Moderator and priest of the Anglican Episcopal Church, began at 3 PM. Catholic and Protestant clergy read in turn Scriptures and a responsive Psalm, and this was followed by a pastoral message from Archbishop Okada.

After offerings were collected, four laypeople led the congregation in communal prayer and, finally, reports of respective support activities in the disaster region were offered by representatives of Protestant and Catholic churches. 

Approximately 1,000 people gathered for the service, and offerings totaled 584,796. These gifts will be shared equally between the NCCJ and the Catholic Church, and will be sent as assistance funds to Tohoku HELP (NCCJ) and Caritas Japan (Catholic). 

Archbishop Takeo Okada of the Catholic Church giving a message

Poster : admin on 2012-03-07 16:38:53 (1033 reads)

The coming Sunday, March 11th, the very day one year after the Great East-Japan Earthquake, Ms Shino Watanabe who lives in Germany will hold a charity concert in Dusseldorf the 2nd time following last year to support the people of the disaster areas. The donations at the concert will be sent to NCCJ.

Here is the poster of the concert.

We really appreciate their support.
(Click image to enlarge.)



Poster : admin on 2012-03-06 17:13:57 (1445 reads)

Here's a letter from EMS (Evangelical Mission in Solidarity -German Church).
They are praying for Japan remembering the Great East-Japan Earthquake 3.11 last year. 

We cordially appreciate their prayer and support.


Dear friends in Japan,

Some of you might already have received our press release and our call for prayer for Japan. Since we feel very close to you in these days I want to send to all of you who are in my address book this personal note: we remember you and we pray with you!
The English version of the prayer you find

Mit herzlichen Grüßen/ with warm regards from
Rev. Bernhard Dinkelaker and all the friends from the East Asia Mission

Lutz Drescher

Verbindungsreferent Ostasien/Indien / Liaison Secretary East Asia/India
Geschäftsführer Deutsche Ostasienmission / Executive Secretary German East Asia Mission

EMS - Evangelische Mission in Solidarität e.V.
EMS - Evangelical Mission in Solidarity


Poster : admin on 2012-02-23 12:09:35 (955 reads)

You can see Oikumene #47 that was published last December, by downloading from below. Japanese version only. 


Oikumene #47



Poster : admin on 2012-02-08 16:13:05 (956 reads)

Japan Christian Activity News (JCAN), NCC's newsletter in English, is coming soon! Just before published, you can read it by downloading from below (in color version).
In the previous site, it was possible to get the back numbers. However, since the renewal of the site, the link has been cut off. We will recover it as soon as possible. Please wait some time. Thank you.

JCAN #749JCAN #749

Poster : admin on 2012-02-01 14:33:48 (1354 reads)


[en]Here are the statements of the Third Asia Inter-religious Conference on Article 9 that was held October 3rd through 10th last year. One is the overall statement, and the other is the staement which opposes the construction of military facilities now being prepared in Jeju island, South Korea. Please download them. There are Japanese version and English version.[/en]


3rdAriticle9Statement of the 3rd Asia Inter-religious Conference on Article 9


3rdAriticle9Jeju Statement

Poster : webmaster on 2011-05-13 10:18:52 (1447 reads)
Japan Earthquake

  Appeal for Japan Earthquake Relief

Appeal for Japan Earthquake Update

Appeal target and period:
 Not specified

Postal book-transfer Account:  00181-4-75788

Account name:
 National Christian Council in Japan

Please note “Japan Earthquake Relief” as subject in communication space.


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