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People of faith in Japan have marked the six-month anniversary of the 11 March 2011 earthquake and tsunami with prayer services across the country.
A new interfaith group in Japan has joined local opposition to the United States' military presence on the southern island of Okinawa.
Japanese Christianity has "spinelessly gone along with the government," shunning social activism and being "excessively theoretical," says a leading theologian.
After the surrender of the Japanese empire in 1945, Gen Douglas MacArthur, sought to inculcate beliefs ranging from Christianity to Freemasonry.
Japan's churches bodies have been urged to form a consortium to respond to the devastating earthquake, tsunami and nuclear power plant accident.
A Japanese church leader has said that he wants to avoid a huge number of well-intentioned volunteers visiting, and overwhelming, the 'quake area.
A 'cross of comfort' has been erected at a church site about one month after its building was washed away by the tsunami that devastated Japan.
As recovery efforts in Japan proceed, the full impact of the earthquake and tsunami two weeks ago continues to be felt by the churches there.
Churches are among those who keep searching for missing people, including clergy, members and their families, as the quake death toll rises.
Churches across Japan are responding to the impacts of the 11 March earthquake and its subsequent tsunamis and nuclear power plant accidents.