Religions for Peace Japan for G7 Hiroshima Summit Prayer and Symposium by Religious Leaders

G7 Hiroshima Summit, to be held on May 19-21, 2023, will feature an exchange of views among the leaders of the seven nations on the world economy, regional affairs, and various global issues. In Hiroshima, the “International City of Peace and Culture” chosen as the site for dialogue toward world peace and sustainable development, a “Prayer and Symposium by Religious Leaders” will be held to pray for a peaceful world, reaffirm the roles and efforts of religious leaders, and send a message.

Memorial Cathedral for World Peace
4-42 Noborimachi, Naka-ku, Hiroshima-city, Hiroshima, Japan 〒730-0016

\Part I/
13:00-13:50 (Japan Standard Time)  Multi-Religious Prayer Ceremony for Peace
(See your regional time here)

\Part II/
13:50-17:00 (Japan Standard Time)  Symposium for G7 Hiroshima Summit (see your regional time here)

Japanese and English Translation

\Registration (Deadline: May 7, 2023)


12:50 Pipe-Organ Performance

1300 Part I Prayer Ceremony for World Peace
Opening Remarks: Rev. Kenichiro Nakamura: Chair of Taskforce of Abolition Nuclear Weapons/ Emeritus of Rissho Kosei-kai

A-bomb Testimony: Mr. Shigeaki Mori: Jodo Shinshu Hongwanji-ha
Interfaith Prayer: Shino, Buddhism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Others, Asian Youth Leaders
Silence of Prayer

13:45 Pipe-Organ Performance

1350 Part II Symposium for G7 Summit
Opening Remarks: Ven. Yoshiharu Tomatsu: Chair of Religions for Peace Japan, Buddhist of the Jodo Shu Sect

13:55  Session I

Moderator: Rt. Rev. Yoshinobu Miyake: Chief Minister, Konko Church of Kasugaoka

Speaker: Rev. Dr. Renta Nishihara; President of Rikkyo University

Ms. Sumiko Hatakeyama, International Coordinator of Peace Boat

Dr. Renz Christian Augao, Moderator of Asian Pacific Inter-Religious Youth Network


14:50 Break

15:00 Session II

Speakers from G20 Group

Fr. Mitsuru Shirahama, Chair of Roman Catholic Diocese of Hiroshiuma

Ven. Seikyo Odake, Chief Priest of Saizeji of Jodo Shinshu Hongwanji-ha

Mr. Tomomitsu Miyazaki, Special Editorial Writer of The Chugoku Shimbun


15:55 Adaption of Statement for G7 Hiroshima Summit

Moderator: Rev. Masamichi Kamiya, Senior Adviser to Religiosn for Peace Asia (ACRP)

Assistant Moderator: Rev. Akiko Fukata, Chair of Oversea Department of Ennokyo

 16:55 Closing Remarks
                 Silence of Prayer

17:00 Closing