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Religions for Peace Japan Holds Meeting of Board of Directors

March 2017

The Board of Directors of Religions for Peace Japan met on March 7 in Kyoto at Daigoji, the head temple of the Daigo school of the Shingon set of Japanese Buddhism. The 17 directors attending included Rev. Takeshi Kawabata, chair of Rissho Kosei-kai's Board of Trustees.
The meeting opened with greetings by Ven. Gijun Sugitani, chair of Religions for Peace Japan and a supreme advisor to the Tendai Buddhist Denomination. After that, the board discussed and approved various programs, including the 2020 Assembly of the Asian Conference on Religions and Peace (ACRP); a new joint project with the Japan Association For Refugees, of receiving Syrian refugees in Japan; the Japanese-Korean Religious Leaders' Meeting to be held in June in Tokyo; and the Chinese-Japanese Religious Leaders' Meeting to be held in Beijing in August.
Religions for Peace Japan plans to convene the ACRP's ninth assembly in 2020 in Tokyo. This April Religions for Peace Japan will undertake a joint project of inviting Syrian youth from refugee camps in the Middle East to study in Japan at Japanese language schools for foreigners. The project aims to assist some 100 young people by the end of March 2022. It will also aim to help them to enter Japanese colleges and universities so that they can find good jobs in Japan or other countries.
The directors also heard reports from the secretariat, task forces, and permanent committees of Religions for Peace Japan.
Since the Ministry of Justice recently started asking for public comment about a proposed amendment to the Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act, and since the Ministry of the Environment is asking for public comment about countermeasures to global warming, the directors also decided that Religions for Peace Japan should make the best use of the process of public comment as a means to effectively communicate with government agencies about the opinions of people of religion on these issues.

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