2020: Japan's churches urge nuclear-free world
Hiroshima & Nagasaki 2020 - 75 Jahre danach
Japan’s churches urge nuclear-free world
by Renta Nishihara
21 July 2020
In July 2014, the World Council of Churches (WCC) Central Committee adopted a statement entitled "Towards a Nuclear-free World." In the same year, on 4 August, on behalf of the world's 500 million Christians, WCC Asia president Dr Chang Sang visited Japan, and delivered this statement in person to the chief cabinet secretary of the Japanese government, Yoshihide Suga. The churches in Japan, which experienced Hiroshima and Nagasaki, were greatly encouraged by these WCC actions.
Nippon Sei Ko Kai (Anglican Church in Japan, or NSKK), at its 59th (Regular) Synod in 2012, in a resolution, “Seeking a World without Nuclear Power Plants," and again in the same year, at the "Mission Conference of NSKK, “The Dignity of Life,” clearly expressed its position on the issue of nuclear power generation. To embody this position, NSKK convened the “Interna-tional Forum for a Nuclear-Free World” at Sendai Christ Church, from 28-31 May 2019. Sixty-eight participants gathered, including lay participants and clergy. We had participants from Anglican Churches of England, the United States, Korea, Taiwan, and the Philippines; mem-bers of the National Christian Council in Japan Peace and Nuclear Issues Committee; and members of the NSKK Justice and Peace Committee.
For the keynote lecture, “Messages from Germany, which has drastically shifted its energy policies,” Dr Miranda Alice Schreurs was invited. ....