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“Catholic Commission of Japan for Refugees, Migrants, and People On The Move”, What does it mean?


1. Official name

Official name:

Nihon Katoliku Nanmin, Iju, Ido Sha Iin Kai


English name:

Catholic Commission of Japan for Migrants, Refugees and People on the Move


Official abbreviation:

J-CaRM



2. Organization and Administration

This Commission is a sub commission within the Bishops’ Commission on Society which is within the Bishops’ Federation. It consists of a chairperson, secretary, the persons in the 16 dioceses who are in charge of Refugees, Migrants and People on the Move, or the persons in charge of different apostolates. The specific running of the commission: members selected by the person in charge, decided issues to be discussed at the “Regular Meetings” held four times a year (term of office is 3 years renewable). The running funds come from the general treasury of (religion) General (Central) Catholic Federation (Council).


3. Purpose of Activities

In deeply racist Japanese society, the respect of human rights and the “lives” of many refugees, migrants and people on the move are violated. This Commission, based on the Gospel, is aiming at a society that lives together with peoples of other races, nationalities, and cultures. We are working towards realizing a society where we live together as brothers and sisters. As children of God we respect equality and basic human rights, the mutuality of cultures and the uniqueness of different peoples. Towards this end we cooperate with the pastoral activities related to refugees, migrants and people on the move of the different dioceses.


4. Specific Activities

1. In relation to matters about refugees, migrants and people on the move in each diocese and region discuss and correspond about what needs to taken up on the national level (National Workshop, follow up sessions etc.)
2. In solidarity with pastoral workers for refugees, migrants and people on the move in each diocese and region, collect and circulate necessary information, supporting mutual cooperation.
3. In relation to pastoral care for refugees, migrants and people on the move, consult and respond to human emergencies when they occur.
4. In relation to refugees, migrants and people on the move, carry out study and research and send requests to government related ministries.
5. Promote cooperation among ecumenical groups and NGOs connected with refugees, migrants and people on the move.
6. Cooperate with sending countries in Asia and South America, and send representatives to International Meetings.
7. In relation to pastoral care for refugees, migrants and people on the move, deal with the matters raised by the Vatican Commission on Pastoral Care for Migrants and People on the Move and by the Bishops’ Council. Also regarding pastoral care for refugees, migrants and people on the move in Japan report about situations as necessary and submit issues under study to the Vatican Commission on Pastoral Care for Migrants and People on the Move and to the Bishops’ Council.
8. Respond as deemed necessary to matters concerning Japan that arise in the various sections of the Vatican Commission on Pastoral Care for Migrants and People on the Move.


5. The Development of the Organization

-1960 “Japan Bishops’ Federation – Commission on Immigration”, that is, “Foundation, Japan Catholic Immigration Commission” was set up as a secretariat. It supported the Immigration Policies of the Japanese Government in relation to South America and other countries.
-1970 Pope Paul VI established “ The Pastoral Council for Migrants and People on the Move”. At the same time “World Day for Refugees, Migrants and People on the Move” was started.
-1972 Japan Bishop Federation started “Day of Donations for Migrants”, which today is “Catholic World Day for Refugees, Migrants and People on the Move”.
-1983 The name was changed from “Japan Bishops’ Federation Immigration Commission” to “Japan Catholic International Cooperation Commission Society to Support Asian Women Living in Japan”.
-1988 The name changed to “Japan Catholic International Cooperation Commission Society for Solidarity with Foreigner Living in Japan” 1989 At the Bishops’ Plenary Meeting it was decided that one of the areas of evangelization would be “Dealing with Human Rights Problems of Foreign Workers”.
-1992 The Bishops’ Social Commission announced: “Strive for The Kingdom of God that Transcends Nationality” and they called the Church in Japan to: “Make Efforts to Build Community Living Together With Differences, Welcoming Migrant People As Brothers and Sisters in Christ”.
-2001 At the Japan Bishops’ Plenary Meeting the name was changed from “Japan Catholic International Cooperation Commission” to the present “Catholic Commission of Japan for Migrants, Refugees and People on the Move”.


6. Explanation of the Logo

Three ‘water balls” representing Refugees, Migrants and People on the Move, and the boat representing the “church”. Expressing living together.



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