Interfaith Forum for the Review of National Nuclear Policy


The Interfaith Forum for Review of National Nuclear Policy is a network of religious professionals (Buddhist, Christians and Shinto priests) from all parts of Japan working on anti-nuclear activities with 40 core representatives and over 800s members. Formally initiated in 1993, its main purpose has been to rethink the political background of Japan’s nuclear policy.

The Forum initially developed out of the efforts of Rev. Kaisho Kugimiya of the Nipponzan Myohoji Order. As common in this order, he was pilgrimaging around the country chanting the Lotus Sutra and calling on religious professionals to become more socially engaged. From April 6-8, 1992, he convened the first national meeting of anti-nuclear religious professionals scattered throughout the country in Kyoto. This was around the time that the Monju fast breeder reactor, named after the Buddhist bodhisattva Manjusri, was scheduled to achieve criticality. In response, the Forum created an October Action, gathering 70 individuals and over 300 endorsements, to meet in Tokyo and participate in “dialogue” and “protest” inquiries with government officials from the Agency of Natural Resources and Energy and the Agency of Science and Technology.

Since the earthquake, tsunami and subsequent nuclear disasters of March 11, 2011, the Forum has provided emergency evacuation housing in temples and churches for children and pregnant mothers in the areas around the Fukushima nuclear power plants. While the Forum is today still relatively small in numbers, it consists of some of the most important anti-nuclear religious activists in the nation, such at Rev. Tetsuen Nakajima and Rev. Hidehito Okochi.

Activities since 3/11:

Articles and Editorials by members:

Rev. Tetsuen Nakajima (founding member)

Rev. Hidehito Okochi (founding member & co-director)

Rev. Hiroaki Osada (founding member & co-director)

Other Members

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