SERVICES have been held across areas of Japan affected three
years ago by the triple disaster of earthquake, tsunami, and
During a ceremony in Tokyo, officials and representatives of the
survivors observed a minute's silence to mark the moment, at 2.46
p.m. on 11 March, when the magnitude-9.0 earthquake struck off the
Tohoku coast. It was the strongest quake recorded in Japan's
history. It killed nearly 19,000 people and triggered a tsunami and
a meltdown of a nuclear-power plant, which led to radioactive
News, 25 March 2011).
Japan has struggled to cope with the clean-up and rebuilding,
and 280,000 survivors of the tsunami are still living in temporary
housing. The Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, promised this week to
improve rebuilding efforts.
This weekend, Southwark Cathedral will host a memorial service
attended by the Bishop of Tohoku, the Rt Revd John Kato. He will
also preach at the Japanese Anglican church in West Acton.
The Anglican Communion in Japan (Nippon Sei Ko Kai) has been
working to support those still left homeless through local projects
in temporary housed communities.
A statement from Tohoku diocese said: "As a national Church, the
Anglican Church is also focusing on the impact of the crisis at the
Fukushima nuclear power plant.
"Families in the area are living in fear of radiation poisoning.
Workers inside the power plant face difficult conditions. And,
along the coast, all God's creatures have been affected.
"In May 2012, the Church resolved to work 'for a world without
nuclear power plants', stating that 'the Anglican/Episcopal Church
in Japan is opposed to a nuclear power generation'. We recognise
this is a long road to travel, but we walk in faith with Jesus
Christ. Please pray, remembering all those in the area of
The diocese of Tohoku's new cathedral was consecrated on 1
March. "It's been three years since the Tohoku disaster, and the
new church has been completed," Bishop Kato said.
"It was made possible not only by the donations and huge efforts
of the laity of the church, but also the prayers and support of the
whole of the Anglican Church in Japan."
"The church is located right in the middle of the Tohoku
disaster area, and it serves as a Cathedral Church and a parish
church, as well as a place of healing, encouragement and hope and
prayers for the many, many people who still are living with huge
Yuki Johnson, commissioned lay minister of the Japanese Anglican
Church at St Martin's, West Acton, has visited the affected region.
She went to a temporary community run by the Anglican diocese at
Shinchi. She said: "I visited the former kindergarten which
was located 1.5km from coast and eight infants died and also one
teacher died after she rescued children.
"There was the visitor book and I found some words written by a
small child, saying 'Sorry, I couldn't come here earlier. But from
tomorrow, I will come every day. I miss you very much'.
"Recently Shinchi base organised a special day trip for people
evacuated to visit their own village, where is still contaminated.
They can't go out but they can look at their own village through