The work of the General Secretariat Office is quite varied, and one important function is its work in relating to church bodies outside the Kyodan. Our relationship with the "Group of Three" Korean Churches [The Presbyterian Church of Korea (PCK), The Presbyterian Church in the Republic of Korea (PROK), and The Korean Methodist Church (KMC)] together with the Korean Christian Church in Japan (KCCJ), is increasingly getting stronger.
The Kyodan had formulated a mutual mission agreement with the three Korean churches (PCK, PROK, and KMC) in 1992, but after 1999, we had not held a joint conference until 2016. Likewise, even though the Kyodan and the KCCJ established their mutual mission agreement in 1984, sufficient exchanges between clergy have not been developed. However, during 2014 and 2015, former General Secretary Nagasaki Tetsuo led the way in finally initiating substantive dialog on the subject of clergy exchanges. In addition to Nagasaki Tetsuo, Kyodan Secretary Kumoshikari Toshimi, Executive Secretary of General Affairs Dohke Norikazu, and Executive Secretary for Ecumenical Ministries Kato Makoto were selected to represent the Kyodan in the consultations, which first began with several meetings with the KCCJ. The conclusion of those initial consultations was that the three Korean churches should also be invited to participate in these consultations, so in 2016, formal discussions between the three Korean churches (PCK, PROK, and KMC) and the two Japan-based churches (Kyodan and KCCJ) began.
One topic of discussion is the two routes by which a clergy member of a different denomination can become a Kyodan pastor. One is to come in as a missionary sent by another church. Such a person is sent by the home church or denomination to work as a Kyodan clergyperson in a Kyodan church or related school or other institution. Another route is for such a clergy person to transfer his or her ordination to the Kyodan. The first route is handled by the Commission on Ecumenical Ministries, while the second goes through the Commission on Ministerial Qualifications. Recognition of missionary status is almost always done through documentation, but for the transfer of ministerial qualifications, the process involves the various regulations of the Kyodan Constitution and bylaws, together with interviews, and so on.
For overseas pastors working in Japan, there is another significant issue. When someone is sent from overseas as a missionary to Japan, documentation from the sending body is sufficient to obtain a religious worker’s visa. However, when it comes to the transfer of ministerial qualifications, it is much more difficult to get such a visa. Depending on the circumstances, it may be necessary to apply for a different kind of visa. It is to discuss these various issues that we are now continuing these dialogs between the two Japan-based churches and the three Korean churches.
I would also like to report on the "Minority Mission Center." This new office is focused on the work of the KCCJ and was established at the Japan Christian Center on April 8, 2017 in the former office of the KCCJ and its general secretary. The impetus for establishing this center was the International Conference on Minority Issues and Mission held at the Korean YMCA in Japan, Nov. 18-21, 2015. Working under the slogan "Living Together under a Big Tent," this conference initiated numerous efforts to deal with the problem of "hate speech" and other forms of discrimination faced by foreigners living in Japan—particularly Koreans in Japan.
The Kyodan is cooperating with this effort by sending one member to the Minority Mission Center Borard of Trustees
and two members to its Executive Committee. We pray that the grace of God will reign over the earth. (Tr. TB)
—Acting General Secretary Dohke Norikazu Executive Secretary of General Affairs
すでに、韓国３教会（PCK PROK KMC）とは1992年に宣教協約を結んでいますが、1999年
これらの問題を協議するため、韓国３教会（PCK PROK KMC）と日本２教会（UCCJ KCCJ）とは、今、協議を始め ています。