[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.

“Japan and Korea have shared a very sad and tragic history,” 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.

“In those years since, there has been a dividing wall of hostility and mistrust between two peoples in these two countries.”

The Presiding Bishop of Seuol, The Most Revd Francis Kyung Jo Park, who invited Archbishop Uematsu to pray in today’s service, said that the process of reconciliation between the two churches had taken place over the last twenty years.

“We have met together, and studied our history together,” he said. “We 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.”

Anglican Communion News Service: Primate of Japan prays for peace and friendship with Korea