Magazine article Anglican Journal

Japan Rebuilding after Earthquake

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Japan Rebuilding after Earthquake

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KOBE, JAPAN -- A year after a massive earthquake in the Kobe and Osaka area of Japan, the Anglican church has begun rebuilding its churches after it pitched in with the rest of the country on the costly task of reconstruction.

Two dioceses of the Nippon Sei Ko Kai (NSKK), the Anglican Church of Japan, which were most badly hit by the quake, put off reconstruction of their church buildings to concentrate on helping other victims first, reports Rev. Nathaniel Uematsu, NSKK General Secretary.

And at its diocesan synod last March, Tokyo diocese voted to give all its cash reserves to the dioceses of Kobe and Osaka for earthquake reconstruction. The reserves, which totalled 200 million yen ($2.6 million Cdn), included the bishop's discretionary fund and an endowment intended to build a cathedral in the diocese.

The Jan. 17, 1995 earthquake killed more than 6,000 people, injured 50,000 and left more than 300,000 homeless. Mr. Uematsu wrote recently that by now, most people who were left homeless have been provided with temporary shelters where they will be able to live for two to three years. However, some people remain in army tents pitched in parks because they can no longer commute to work from shelters outside the city. …

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