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After the surrender of the Japanese empire in 1945, Gen Douglas MacArthur, sought to inculcate beliefs ranging from Christianity to Freemasonry.
Environmental NGOs and energy campaigners around the world have welcomed a decision by the German government to phase out their country's nuclear energy.
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.
Following the 11 March earthquake and tsunami, a Christian network is joining with Buddhists to provide bereavement services to prevent suicides.
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.
A clearer conception of what is meant by Christian prayer is needed, says Kat Neumann, if are to find in it an adequate, sensible yet sensitive response to a situation like the earthquake in Japan.
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.