[On July 21st] the Primate of the Anglican Church in Japan chose the Eucharist, during which Christians remember that they are part of the one body of Christ, to offer a prayer for reconciliation between Japan and Korea.
The Primate of the Nippon Sei Ko Kai & Bishop of Hokkaido, Most Revd Nathaniel Makoto Uematsu, took part in the intercessory prayers during the Eucharist which was led by the Korean Church.
â€œJapan and Korea have shared a very sad and tragic history,â€ he said, acknowledging that the occupation and colonisation of Korea until the end of the second World War had seen many in Korea suffer atrocities at the hands of the occupiers.
â€œIn those years since, there has been a dividing wall of hostility and mistrust between two peoples in these two countries.â€
The Presiding Bishop of Seuol, The Most Revd Francis Kyung Jo Park, who invited Archbishop Uematsu to pray in todayâ€™s service, said that the process of reconciliation between the two churches had taken place over the last twenty years.
â€œWe have met together, and studied our history together,â€ he said. â€œWe have sat down to discuss and rebuild our broken relationship. The bishops and priests have visited our churches, and confessed, and we have accepted it.â€