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Anglican Primates elected for Japan and the Philippines

Posted on: June 3, 2014 11:48 AM
The re-elected Primate of Japan Nathaniel Makoto Uematsu (left) with Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby
Photo Credit: Lambeth Palace
Related Categories: Abp Uematsu, Japan, Philippines

By ACNS staff

The Most Revd Nathaniel Makoto Uematsu has been re-elected to Primate of NSKK (the Anglican Church in Japan) at its 61st synod which met May 27 to 29. 

He will serve until the next synod in 2016. In NSKK Canon Law Primate will be elected by the synod for following two years and can be re-elected without limitation of number of terms. 

Also a new General Secretary, The Revd Jesse Shin-ichi Yahagi of diocese of Kyoto, was appointed by the House of Bishops and consented to by clergy and lay people. 

He is currently rector of St John’s Church in Kanazawa, Kanazawa prefecture and head of St. John’s Nursery School which is attached to St. John’s Church.

He replaces The Revd John Makito Aizawa who has stepped down after serving 3 terms of 6 years. The Revd John will return to his native diocese of Yokohama. 

The Anglican Board of Mission has reported that the new Prime Bishop of the Episcopal Church in the Philippines is the Right Reverend Renato Mag-gay Abibico, Bishop of Northern Luzon. No official confirmation of this has yet been received by the Anglican Communion Office.