Channing Moore Williams, a priest of the Episcopal Mission in China, landed at Nagasaki on July 1, 1859, and the Japan Mission began. On Oct. 3, 1866, Williams was consecrated Missionary Bishop of China with jurisdiction over Japan. The 1874 General Convention constituted Japan a missionary district and named it the Missionary District of Yedo. At the same time, Williams relinquished jurisdiction over China and became the Missionary Bishop of Yedo. The Holy Catholic Church in Japan was organized in 1887 by uniting the work of the Church Missionary Society, the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel, and the Episcopal Church. Its Japanese name is Nippon Sei Ko Kai (also written Nippon Seikokai).
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