Franciscan East Asia
Japan Province of​
Holy Martyrs of Japan
OFFICES
COMMUNITIES
Franciscan Province of Japan, St. Joseph Friary, Roppongi 4-2-39
Minato-Ku, Tokyo, 1060039 
                             Website: www.ofm-j.or.jp                                         minister@ofm.jp
STATISTICS
Brief History
After World War II, many franciscan missionaries arrived at Japan from many franciscan provinces. There is no unity in Japan. The Delegate general, Apollinaris van Leeuwen insited vigorously on the need to set up Franciscans units in Japan.Then in November 1970, the superiors of all 12 missions decided to form the Franciscan Federation of Japan. And  on December 16, 1977, the Province of the holy Martyrs of Japan was erected. This year is 40the anniversary of the erection of our province.

Now we strive to do on going formation in order to live in fraternal life.
 We are preparing for the Nagasaki-Peace-Project. We call to EAC to take part in Nagasaki-Peace-Project.  
Living as Lesser Brother
Each fraternity will aim to become a community of prayer, gathering around the table of the Lord together and savoring the word of the Lord together.

 As members of a fraternity made up of friars varying in age, upbringing, experiences and culture we will understand, supplement, encourage, support and help each other.

In order that each of us may be able to live as a “lesser brother” all his days we will live together accompanying each other until the end.
Mission as Lesser Brother
In accordance with “The Japanese Province’s Basic Principles of Evangelization” the provincial administration, each secretariat and each committee will devise concrete plans in conjunction with each friar and fraternity. Along the lines of that plan each friar and each community will rebuild and revitalize their mission.
  

Regarding the care of parishes in which we are involved, we will work for the vitalization of those faith communities in collaboration with the bishop. Likewise, for our various apostolates (including our school and social welfare legal entities), we will widen our own fraternal communion to include the many people involved in them, aiming to accomplish an even deeper gospel fellowship.
  

"As members of a fraternity made up of friars varying in age, upbringing, experiences and culture we will understand, supplement, encourage, support and help each other."
The secretariats and committees of the province will coordinate with each other more than ever.
 
In accordance with the decision of the 2015 General Chapter, with the collaboration of the JPIC committee each fraternity will implement “Care of our Common Home” (subtitle of the encyclical Laudato si) to carry out preservation of the environment.
Action as Lesser Brothers
In response to these priorities and recommendations, the provincial administration, each secretariat and each committee will submit action plans to the Plenary Council of March 2017.

At gatherings for ongoing formation, missioning programs and house chapters each community will take measures to get the friars to know well and actually implement these priorities and recommendations in ways suited to the actual situation of each community.

Each friar as a lesser brother will spare no effort in putting the priorities and recommendations into action rather than in talking about them.
Administration
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    Paul Miki Yoshitaka Murakami, OFM
    Minister Provincial
    Franciscan Province of Japan, St. Joseph Friary Roppongi 4-2-39, Minato-Ku, Tokyo, 106-0039 Email: minister@ofm.jp
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    Augustinus Takuji Kuwata, OFM
    Vicar Provincial
    Franciscan Province of Japan, St. Joseph Friary Roppongi 4-2-39, Minato-Ku, Tokyo, 106-0039 Email: tkuwata@ofm-j.or.jp Email: rjgaloy@yahoo.com
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    Titus Mitsuru Ogawa, OFM
    Definitor
    Franciscan Province of Japan, St. Joseph Friary Roppongi 4-2-39, Minato-Ku, Tokyo, 106-0039 Email: mifratito@enersulnet.com.br
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    Michael Masataka Mano, OFM
    Definitor
    Franciscan Province of Japan, St. Joseph Friary Roppongi 4-2-39, Minato-Ku, Tokyo, 106-0039 Email: michael.m.m.512@lapis.plala.or.jp
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    Franciscus Ohtaro Hamada, OFM
    Definitor
    Franciscan Province of Japan, St. Joseph Friary Roppongi 4-2-39, Minato-Ku, Tokyo, 106-0039 Email: Email: grayakkal@yahoo.com
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    Franciscus Akihiro Iyoku, OFM
    Definitor
    Address: Franciscan Province of Japan, St. Joseph Friary Roppongi 4-2-39, Minato-Ku, Tokyo, 106-0039 Email: secretariusofmj@gmail.com