2,000 Japanese Christians march for Nixon, America
January 27, 1974
TOKYO — "Forgive, love and unite" was the theme at a prayer meeting held at the Japan Youth Center here Friday in support of President Nixon and America.
In a standing-room-only crowd of 2,000 persons, Christians of Japan prayed for the deliverance of America from the wrath of Watergate and for American people to love their president.
The meeting began with an opening statement by Masatoshi Matsushita, a member of Japan's House of Councillors (Diet upper house) and a written statement by the Rev. Sun Myung Moon of Korea that urged the world "to come together and forgive, love and unite as one." Moon started the worldwide campaign for Nixon in New York last year.
Prayers led by Ichiro Suzuki, chief pastor of Seijo Catholic Church; Eiichiro Ishie, pastor of Nishirakawa Church, United Church of Christ in Japan, Nishi Arakawa, pastor of Church of Japan Christian Association; and Itsushin Sai, minister of the Taiwan Presbyterian Church, followed opening speeches. Individual prayers with the singing of Psalms completed the meeting.
After the meeting participants marched from the Youth Center in Meiji Park to the American Embassy, led by the Holy Spirit Association for the Unification of World Christianity, with 1,000 marchers singing psalms, waving Japanese and American flags and asking for support of President Nixon.
The association's literature says, "God has chosen Nixon through the will of the people as the President of the United States, and the President has to carry out this sacred mission. It is the people's duty to support him.
"America is the vanguard of liberalism, democracy and Christianity; it must recover from this current crisis. We the Japanese people and fellow Christians have to rise to aid America to save democracy."
After reaching the American Embassy, Hideo Oyamada, on behalf of the association, handed a resolution stating the associations feelings to Larry Farrar, second secretary of the embassy.
Farrar stated, "I would like to commend you on this petition, it is a kind of change from the type we normally get."