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International Peace Corps of Religions Holds Seminar in Busan

June 2017

The International Peace Corps of Religions (IPCR) held an international seminar July 7-9 in Busan, South Korea, attended by some 70 religious leaders, scholars of religion, and representatives of civic groups from Japan, China, and South Korea. Japanese representatives included Rev. Toshimasa Yamamoto, a professor at Kwansei Gakuin University in Hyogo Prefecture and a director of Religions for Peace Japan; Rev. Keiji Kunitomi, secretary-general of Religions for Peace Japan; and Rev. Masamichi Kaniya, senior advisor to the secretary-general of the Asian Conference of Religions for Peace (ACRP).

IPCR is a South Korean corporation established by the Korean Conference of Religions for Peace (KCRP). It has held a seminar every year since 2009 on the basic theme of "Building a Peace Community in East Asia."

The opening session on July 7 started with the greetings by representatives from Japan, China, and South Korea, including Archbishop Hyginus Kim Heejoong, co-chair of the KCRP. Rev. Kim Sunggon, honorary president of the ACRP, gave the keynote address, "A Peace Community of East Asia and the Role of Religion."

Rev. Sunggon emphasized that it is imperative to promote the interaction of people from various fields such as politics, economy, culture, and religion in order to build a peace community in East Asia. He also noted the need for everyone to work together, especially people of religion, but to also pay careful attention to issues involving the national interest while maintaining a realistic stance. 

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