第9回 ACRP東京大会
Who We Are?
Asian Conference of Religions for Peace (ACRP), also known as Religions for Peace Asia is the world’s largest regional body of religiously inspired people working for peace and interreligious harmony. Based on the tenets of truth, justice, and human dignity, its members are active in their home countries, in the Asia-Pacific region, and across the world.
What We Do?
Currently, ACRP has composed of five prioritized project areas: namely,
  1. 1
    Human trafficking,
  2. 2
    Education of the dignity of Life,
  3. 3
    Conflict transformation and reconciliation,
  4. 4
    Development and environment and
  5. 5
    Advancement of youth leadership.
What is General Assembly?
The General Assembly is the supreme governing body of ACRP, and it generally meets once every five years. The key functions of General Assembly are to review the performance and activities of the past five years to initiate new activities and polices to set new directions and goals for ACRP.

The main theme of the 9th General Assembly will be
Asian Religious Communities in Action: Moving towards an Inclusive, Healthy, Prosperous, Peaceful Asia in developing an interfaith movement working for positive peace and shared well-being across Asia and the Pacific based on the national chapters with governmental, intergovernmental, and non-governmental civil society actors.
Objectives of the General Assembly
The objectives of the Assembly are:
  1. 1
    to streamline ACRP and make it a more action-oriented organization;
  2. 2
    to reaffirm and strengthen ACRP’s commitment and engagement in assisting people, whose lives and livelihood are being placed at risk in the Asia-Pacific region, in collaboration with other partners so that we can provide genuine benefits for them;
  3. 3
    to advance ACRP further in a changing Asia-Pacific region.
We, ACRP, are looking forward to meeting you at the virtual Assembly!

*Time is based on Japanese Standard Time (JST).

  • Youth
  • Women
  • Main Day 1
  • Main Day 2
  • Main Day 3
  • Main Day 4
  • Youth Pre-Assembly
    Time table
    This youth pre-assembly in 2021 will be one of goal of the Asia Youth Peace Camp which has been held since 2014. We have been creating true friendships with lots of irreplaceable memories through these years. Also, we have strengthened our network and applied our learning into actions in each country.
    In this year’s youth assembly, we will reflect root of our friendship. Hopefully, this youth camp will become a significant moment to enrich our friendships by sharing what we have done together with all due sincere appreciation and true heart. In order to fulfill this purpose, we remind religious value and root of human relationship, like “thankfulness” or “gratefulness” in this program.
    Meanwhile, as we have recognized, there are not only Covid-19 pandemic but also many issues in Asia, and some of our friends are involved in. Because they are our true friends so we should definitely regard those issues as our own. Therefore, it will be our mission that we pray for them, send a huge encouragement to them and think about what we should do for them.
    THEME:Arigato into Action
  • 11:00-11:40
    Opening and Business session
    Gratitude of support for Great East Japan Disaster to Asian Youth Leaders by Youth Committee of RfP Japan
  • 11:40-11:55
    Gratitude of support for Great East Japan Disaster to Asian Youth Leaders by Youth Committee of RfP Japan
  • 11:55-12:55
    Session 1:
    Keynote Speech
    Mr. Seietsu Sato
    Former Deputy Chief of the Minamisanriku Fire Department, Great East Japan Disaster Storyteller
  • 13:10-14:10
    Session 2:
    Pray for our friends, Wish for their Peacefulness
  • 14:25-14:55
    Session 3:
    Grateful Messages
  • 14:55-15:25
    Session 4:
    Sharing remarks by group
  • 15:25-15:40
  • 15:40-16:00
    Closing Remarks
    APIYN New Moderator
  • Women's Pre-Assembly
    Time table
  • 14:00-16:30
    “Women Empowerment for an Inclusive, Healthy, Prosperous, Peaceful Asia”
    The Asia-Pacific Women of Faith Network will convene in Tokyo on October 18, 2021 to re-affirm its commitment to action while envisaging and promoting a future of APWoFN working for peace and shared-wellbeing through women empowerment. Such actions are meant to ameliorate the plight of the most vulnerable in the communities of Asia especially women and children. This virtual symposium will have for its objectives:
    1. To re-affirm and strengthen APWoFN in its commitment to women empowerment in securing a more inclusive, healthy and peaceful Asia
    2. To identify common actions where women can significantly participate in addressing the challenges of and in ensuring;
      1. peace education and respect for human dignity
      2. protection of human rights and the well-being of the vulnerable
      3. social cohesion and harmony in communities
      4. regenerative development
    Welcome Remarks
    Rev. Nobuhiro Nemoto
    ACRP Secretary-General
    Opening Remarks
    Dr. Lilian Sison
    Chair of Asia Pacific Women of Faith Network (APWoFN)
    Secretary-General, Religions for Peace Philippines
    Rev. Yukiko Moriwaki
    Secretary-General of APWoFN
    President, Religions for Peace Japan Women’s Committee
  • Keynote Address
    Keynote Address
    Ms. Mariko Sato
    Director, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Tokyo Office
    Prior to joining UNFPA in September 2017, Mariko worked for the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) since 1998. She worked at UN-Habitat’s Asia Pacific Regional Office based in Fukuoka, as Human Settlements Officer, then transferred to its Geneva Office, where she coordinated UN-Habitat’s response to human settlements in crisis. Most recently, she was the Chief of its Bangkok Office since its opening in 2009. Mariko has been serving as a gender focal point and promoting ‘People#39;s Process’ by bringing people in the center of decisions and actions as well as sustainable urbanisation. Prior to joining the UN, Mariko managed programmes for CITYNET, the Regional Network of Local Authorities for the Management of Human Settlements based in Yokohama. She also worked for the Mayor of Akita City in Japan, as well as a Japanese bank in New York City.
    Mariko holds an M.A. in International Affairs from Columbia University, with a concentration of development studies.
  • Workshop on the four sub-themes
    • Group 1.
      Educating women and girls for peace and respect for human dignity
    • Group 2.
      Human rights and the well-being of women and girls
    • Group 3.
      Empowering women for social cohesion and harmony
    • Group 4.
      Empowering women for regenerative development
  • Reporting of Workshop Groups
    Dr. Suphatmet Yunyasit
    Secretary-General, Religions for Peace-Interreligious Council of Thailand
    Lecturer, Institute of Human Rights and Peace Studies, Mahidol University
  • Plenary Discussion
  • Way Forward and Closing Remarks
  • Day 1 Main Assembly [Opening Ceremony]
    Time table
  • 11:40-11:50
    Assembly Special Video Clip
  • 11:50-12:00
    Performance for Purification, (Okiyome no Mai) with Japanese Flute
    Ms. Masako Izumo
    At the age of 16, Ms. Izumo was involved in a life-and-death bus accident that left her with severe damage to her spine and pelvis, but with the support of many people, she miraculously recovered. In the process of this recovery, she experienced a world beyond human knowledge. While studying clinical psychology and meditation, she came into contact with a wisdom of the body and entered the world of dance. While handing down the ancient art of Shinto dance (miyamai), she also creates dances that reflect Japan's unique view of nature, which finds beauty in all things and all life.
  • 12:00-12:40
    Multi-religious Prayer Service
    Welcoming Remarks
    Rev. Nichiko Niwano
    President of Religions for Peace Japan
    President of Rissho Kosei-kai
    Opening Welcome
    Rev. Dr. Nobuhiro Nemoto
    ACRP Secretary-General
    Opening Remarks
    Prof. Dr. Muhammad Din Syamsuddin
    ACRP Moderator
    Opening Remarks
    Prof. Azza Karam
    Secretary-General of RfP International
    Congratulatory Remarks
    Rev. George Oshiba
    Chairperson, the Japanese Association of Religious Organizations
    Congratulatory Remarks
    Hon. Mr. Sinjiro Koizumi
    Member of the House of Representatives in Japan, Former Minister of the Environment
  • 12:40-13:05
    Reports of Pre-Assembly, Cultural Performance
    Reports of Youth Pre-Assembly and Women’s Pre-Assembly
    Cultural Performance
    Japanese Drum
    by Mr. Toen Hibiki
    Mr. Hibiki studied under a director Mr. Ryota Matsunaga, and learned the basics of being a stage performer. After working as a member of the taiko drumming group "Kodo," he became independent as a soloist. He specializes in improvisation, and has established a unique worldview of Japanese drum. At the same time, his creative and challenging approach has led him to collaborate with a variety of artists including ceramicists, Bunraku puppeteers, choreographers, Japanese Noh performers, dancers, and musicians to explore the musical possibilities and expressions of Japanese drum. He has performed in shrines and temples, in nature, and in many other places around the world. He also launched various projects and has been performing overseas.
    Cultural Performance
    by Mr. Nobuto Yamanaka
    Mr. Yamanaka began training as an apprentice for four years with Tsugaru shamisen player Mr. Senri Yamada at his age of 15, At the Tsugaru Shamisen World Tournament, he won the Class A individual competition for three consecutive years and was inducted into the Hall of Fame. He has performed in a total of 38 countries and regions overseas. He received the Saitama Global Award in 2009. He received the Kitamoto City Cultural Encouragement Award in 2008. He is a teacher of the Yamada Senri School of Tsugaru Shamisen. Lecturer at Senzoku College of Music. Tourism ambassador of Kazo City. Kitamoto City Tourism Ambassador. And Tourism Ambassador of Konosu. Saitama Goodwill Ambassador.
  • 13:10-13:50
    Keynote Address
    Theme:Co-evolution of Man and the Earth in the Anthropocene
    Prof. Shinichi Takemura
    Professor at Kyoto University of Art and Design, Director of Earth Literacy Program (NPO), Inventor of “Tangible Earth”
    Prof. Shin-ichi Takemura, the inventor and director of “Tangible Earth”, is a media producer known for his numerous cutting-edge IT-driven social activities, along with propounding his incisive views on global environmental issue as an anthropologist. In 2005, Prof. Takemura conceived the prototype of the world’s first multimedia globe, the “Tangible Earth”, which won the Gold Prize of Good Design Award, Japan in 2005. This world’s first interactive digital globe has been exhibited at Hokkaido G8 Summit (2008), COP15 “Bright Green” event (2009 at Copenhagen), TEDx-Tokyo in 2009/13, COP10:Bio-diversity conference at Nagoya(2010), Summer Davos Forum (2011/12, in China), United Nation headquarter (Geneva, NY; 2012/13), Milano Expo (2015), G7 Ise-shima G7 Summit (2016), and frequently exhibited at various sites in Tokyo such as Roppongi Hills. In 2017, Prof. Takemura created the smaller version of Tangible Earth “Sphere” for schools. http://sphere.blue/en.html
    After “3.11” great earthquake and tsunami event in Japan, he was engaged in the restoration program in Tohoku devastated area and in the scheme design for the future disaster risk reduction as a committee member of the Reconstruction Design Council of the Japanese government (Prime Minister’s office). Since 2012, Prof. Takemura and ELP has served as a communication design consultancy for UNISDR (United Nation International Strategy for Disaster Risk Reduction) and produce a "tablet" version of Tangible Earth called "GfT".
  • 14:13-15:03
    Plenary I on Business
    *ACRP EC/GB Members ONLY
  • 15:13-15:33
    Press Briefing
    *Press ONLY
  • Day 2 Main Assembly
    Time table
  • 12:00-13:35
    Plenary II on Flagship Projects
    Chair: Prof. Pablito Baybado, Jr.
    Opening Prayer Service
    1. Reports on the Flagship Projects
      1. 1) ‘Human Trafficking’ by Dr. Lilian Sison
      2. 2) ‘Education on the Dignity of Life’ by Prof. NHM Abu Bakar
      3. 3) ‘Conflict Transformation and Reconciliation’ by Rev. Kyoichi Sugino on the current situation in Myanmar and Rev. Tae-sung Kim on peace and reconciliation in the Korean Peninsula
      4. 4) ‘Development and the Environment’ by Rev. Xu Xiaohong
      5. 5) ‘Advancement of Youth Leadership’ by Dr. Renz Argao
    2. Ways forward for subsequent flagship projects and a new ACRP 5-year action plan
    3. The official announcement by the Most Rev. Makoto Uematsu of the RfP Japan's contribution for the implementation of the ACRP Flagship Projects
    4. Response of Prof. Dr. Din Syamsuddin, the Moderator, ACRP
    For further information on Flagship Projects, please visit https://acrptokyo.wixsite.com/acrp/project
  • 13:40-15:25
    Plenary III on COVID-19 and Asia’s Religious Communities: Learnings and Recovery
    Chair: Prof. Desmond Cahill
    Hon. Mr. Keizo Takemi
    Member of the House of Councilors in Japan, Consultant to the Parliamentary Association for WHO.
    Rev. Father Carlos Reyes
    Minister, Interreligious and Ecumenical Affairs, Archdiocese of Manila from Southeast Asia
    Imam Yang Faming
    Vice President of CCRP, President of China Islamic Association
    The Rt. Revd. Dr. Renta Nishihara
    President of Rikkyo University, Bishop of Diocese of Chubu (Mid-Japan), The Anglican Church in Japan
    Dr. Ahmad Suaedy
    Executive Director, the Abdurrahman Wahid Center for Inter-Faith Dialogue and Peace-University of Indonesia.
  • 15:35-15:55
    Press Briefing
    *Press ONLY
  • 16:00-17:40
    Afghanistan Session
    Moderation by Dr. Nobuhiro Nemoto (Secretary General of ACRP) / Dr. Hyunmi Ahn (KCRP)
    1. Introduction by the Moderators
    2. Report on the humanitarian activities in Afghanistan
      • -Your Voice Organization (Afghan NGO)
      • Report by Mr. Sabirullah, Project Leader in Afghanistan
      • -Peace Village United (Japanese NGO)
      • Report by Mr. Ryo Onoyama, Representative Director
      • -JEN (Japanese NGO)
      • Report by Mr. Hameedullah Hamid, Representative of Afghanistan Office
      • Ms. Akiko Matsuura, Program Officer for projects in Afghanistan and Turkey
      • -Shanti Volunteer Association (Japanese NGO)
      • Report by Ms. Eri Yamamoto, Country Director of SVA Afghanistan Office and Secretary General of Shanti Volunteer Association
      • -RfP Pakistan and partner
      • Report by Mr. Muhammad Hanif Khan, ACRP Executive Member, RfP Pakistan Vice President
      • Pir Syed Lakhte Hassanain, Founder and Chairman of Muslim Hands
    3. Question and Answer session
    4. Wrap-up and adoption of ACRP's message
  • Day 3 Main Assembly
    Time table
  • 12:00-14:00
    Commission Sessions 1-4 in parallel
    1. Education for Peace and Human Dignity
      Rev. Sang Won Hwang
      Korean Conference of Religions and Peace (KCRP)
      Main Speaker
      Swami Atmapriyananda
      Vice Chancellor of Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda University
      Resource Persons
      • Dr. Sue Ennis
        Secretary of Religions for Peace Australia
      • Dr. Loreta Castro
        Director of Peace Education Center, Miriam College
    2. Human Rights and Well-being for the Vulnerable
      Mr. Khalid Nawaz Khan Marwat
      President of Religions for Peace Pakistan
      Main Speaker
      Archbishop Antonio Ledesma
      Archbishop Emeritus, Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro
      Resource Persons
      • Rev. Ms. Elga Sarapung
        Executive Director of Institute for Interfaith Dialogue in Indonesia
      • Mr. Masaya Onimaru
        Founder of Terra Renaissance
    3. Reconciliation for Social Cohesion and Harmony
      1st SessionThe Current Situation in Myanmar
      Prof. Dr. Muhammad Din Syamsuddin
      ACRP Moderator
      Main Speaker
      Al-Haj Aye Lwin
      Co-Founder of Religions for Peace Myanmar, Chair of Islamic Center of Myanmar
      Resource Persons
      • Rev. Kyoichi Sugino
        Deputy Secretary General of Religions for Peace
      • Ms. Keiko Tosa
        Professor, Institute of Global Studies, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies
      2nd SessionPeace and Reconciliation in the Korean Peninsula
      Ven. Sungjin
      Secretary General of Special Military Religious District of Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism
      Main Speaker
      Rev. Peter Kang Ju Seok
      Secretary of the Commission for the Reconciliation of the Korean People of Catholic Bishops' Conference of Korea
      Resource Persons
      • Prof. Kathy Matsui
        Professor, Seisen University
      • Rev. Taehyon Kim
        Director of the Research and Development of Ecumenical Relationship at the National Council of Churches in Korea (NCCK)
      • Mr. Seunggil Yoon
        Chairman of External Affairs, Association for Korean Native Religion
      • Mr. Gugab Chang
        Director, Department of Culture and Society, Chondogyo
      • Mr. Byungdo Oh
        Director, External Cooperation Department of General Affairs in Sung KyunKwan (Confucianism)
    4. Development and the Environment in Diversifying Societies
      Mr. Deng Zongliang
      Executive Vice President of China Committee on Religion and Peace (CCRP)
      Main Speaker
      Dr. Yuhai
      Director and Senior Research Fellow of Policy Research Center for Environment and Economy
      Resource Persons
      • Judge Justice Jawad Hassan
        High Court Judge in Pakistan
      • Mrs. Philippa Rowland
        Vice-Chair of Religions for Peace Australia
  • 14:10-15:20
    Plenary IV on Business
    *ACRP EC/GB Members ONLY
  • 15:30-15:50
    Press Briefing
    *Press ONLY
  • Day 4 Main Assembly
    Time table
  • 12:00-13:15
    Plenary V on Business, Part 3
    *ACRP EC/GB Members ONLY
  • 13:25-14:25
    Closing Ceremony
    • Official announcement of the new leadership of ACRP
    • Words by out-going leaders
    • Words by in-coming leaders
    • Words of Gratitude by The Most Rev. Makoto Uematsu, Chairperson of RfP Japan
    • Reading of the Assembly Declaration
    • Vision Message by Rev. Masamichi Kamiya, Senior Advisor of ACRP
    • Final multi-religious prayer service
    • Visual playback of the Tokyo Assembly
  • 14:40-15:10
    Press Conference
    *Press ONLY

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