United Church of Christ in Japan (UCCJ)

Nature impressions

The United Church of Christ in Japan (UCCJ), which has about 200,000 members in 1,700 parishes and 2,200 pastors, is the largest Protestant church in the country.

The UCCJ is proud of the fact that its theology has taken up impulses from Germany in many ways. Many young people have studied for their doctorates in Germany and then lectured at theological seminaries in Japan. Although the church attaches great importance to evangelisation, it is also committed to peaceful coexistence with neighbours in East Asia. In addition it attempts to prevent Japan from returning as a military power. The UCCJ is critical to nuclear energy and fights against the discrimination of minorities.

Christianity in Japan

Christians in Japan form a very small minority with less than one percent of the population. In total there are about 650,000 Protestants. The country's main religions are Shinto and Buddhism.