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Archbishop visits Anglican Church in Japan

Thursday 31st October 2013

Archbishop Justin praised the 'Christ-like leadership' of the Primate of Japan during a visit to Tokyo this week.

(Picture: Tomie Kaneko) 

Archbishop Justin and his wife, Caroline, arrived in Tokyo on Monday where they were welcomed by the Archbishop of the Nippon Sei Ko Kai and Bishop of Hokkaido, the Most Revd Nathaniel Makoto Uematsu (pictured, above). The Archbishop is on a 10-day visit to Anglican Primates in Hong Kong, Japan and Korea.

Arriving in Japan, Archbishop Justin said: 'It is a great privilege for me to be visiting Japan with its unique social and cultural heritage and to encounter the Anglican Church's distinctive place and contribution within that.

'I have long been inspired by the Christ-like leadership of the Archbishop of the Nippon Sei Ko Kai in seeking peace and reconciliation both in East Asia and the world more widely.'

On Tuesday, Archbishop Justin and Caroline visited St Andrew’s Church, where they met people affected by the earthquake, tsunami and explosion at the Fukushima nuclear power plant in 2011. He then had a meeting with Archbishop Uematsu, followed by a meeting with NSKK bishops.

The Archbishop is visiting every Primate in the Anglican Communion during his first 18 months in office, so that he can get to know each of them in their local context, personally and professionally, in order to foster friendship and mutual understanding.

On Wednesday, Archbishop Justin travelled to Korea to visit the Anglican Church of Korea and to participate in the 10th Assembly of the World Council of Churches.

Archbishop Justin meets a couple at St Andrew's Church, Tokyo, who were affected by the 2011 tsunami 
(Picture: Tomie Kaneko) 

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