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Japan - NSKK

The foundations of the Nippon Sei Ko Kai (NSKK), the Anglican Church in Japan, were laid by the Episcopal Church in the United States, the Church Missionary Society, SPG (now USPG)  and the Anglican Church of Canada.

SPG’s efforts were focused in the dioceses of Yokohama, Kobe and Tokyo with many missionaries serving as clergy and in education.

The first Japanese bishop, Sakunoshin Motada, was consecrated in 1923. The NSKK became a province of the Anglican Communion in 1930. Today it has 11 dioceses, with roughly 32,000 members. The current Archbishop and Bishop of Kyushu is The Most Revd Luke Kenichi Muto.

Peacemaking is at the heart of much of the mission of the NSKK. The Japanese earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster in 2011 prompted a crucial response by in the NSKK. It started the project “Let Us Walk Together” to support those left facing hardships..The province campaigns passionately against nuclear energy and weapons saying “faced with this earthquake and the accompanying tragedy, the Anglican Church in Japan realises that it has a responsibility to deepen ties with the world, our society, and our neighbours.”


To learn more about the work of the NSKK, read this article from Koinonia 4.

You can watch the NSKK's contribution to our 2021 Communion Day of Prayer below.


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