The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod began work in Japan in 1948. In 1971, the Japan Lutheran Church (JLC), or Nihon Ruteru Kyodan (NRK), became a sister church of the LCMS. It is also a member of the International Lutheran Council. LCMS missionaries support the work of the Japan Lutheran Church in the areas of Lutheran school education and theological education.
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