Extent of Material:
6 cm of textual records.
260 photographs.
Administrative History:

The name Nippon Sei Ko Kai (NSKK), means Japanese Holy Catholic Church.  It is the national Christian church representing the Province of Japan within the Anglican Communion.  The Nippon Sei Ko Kai has approximately 60,000 members organised into eleven dioceses and found in local church congregations throughout Japan.

Permanent Christian missionary activity started in Japan in 1859.  The first synod of the Nippon Sei Ko Kai met in Osaka in February 1887. At this meeting, instigated by Bishop Edward Bickersteth and presided over by Bishop Williams, it was agreed to unite the various Anglican missionary efforts in Japan into one autonomous national church; the Nippon Sei Ko Kai.

In 1888 the Anglican Church of Canada also began missionary work in Japan.  In addition to the work of ordained church ministers, much of the positive public profile enjoyed by Anglican Church in Japan during this early mission period was due to the work of lay missionaries working to establish schools, universities and medical facilities. Most of the Canadian Anglicans left Japan during the second World War.

Custodial History:
Custodial history unknown.
Scope and Content:

Fonds consists of an annual report of the Church Publishing Society in Japan (1931), historical and centenary celebration booklets about the mission and comprehensive lists of missionaries in Japan.


Title based on contents of fonds.



General Notes:

Majority of collection written in Japanese.

GSA holds two related periodicals: Japan Missions : An Anglican Missionary Quarterly (1955-1966) and Japan Christian Quarterly : An Independent Journal of Christian Thought and Opinion Sponsored by the Fellowship of Christian Missionaries (1965-1970)

Anglican Church of Canada. General Synod Archives.
Corporate Names:
Holy Catholic Church in Japan
Missions, Japanese.
Accession numbers:
M80-20, P7605, P7606, P7607, P7519

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