About Japan Buddhist Federation (JBF)


There are over 75,000 Buddhist temples in Japan, many of which belong to one of the major denominations. Japan Buddhist Federation (JBF) is the only federation of traditional Buddhism in Japan with consisting of 105 organizations. (as of June 2021)
Based on the spirit of “harmony” of the Buddha, we strive to contribute to world peace and spread Buddhist culture in society.

The origin of JBF is the “Bukkyo Konwakai (Buddhist Interfaith)”, which was formed in 1900 to oppose religious control by the state. After several changes, the JBF was officially launched in 1957.

History of JBF (Japanese)

In order to promote cooperation with other religions, we have formed the Japanese Association of Religious Organizations (Buddhism, Shintoism, Christianity, new religions) and are responsible for contacting the government and public offices. Furthermore, we have joined The World Fellowship of Buddhists (WFB) to promote interaction between Buddhists and other religions around the world, contributing to the realization of world peace.

Projects and Activities of JBF

Management organization chart

JBF has established a council and a board of directors as the center of its operations, and various councils and committees provide guidelines for its business. In addition, a delegates meeting is held for smooth communication and information sharing with member organizations. The General Secretariat is constituted as the practical affairs office.

Financial Statement

Financial statements List (Japanese)


President(Term: April 2022 – March 2024)

  • Most Rev. Choyu Otani

Vice-President(Term: April 2022 – March 2024)

  • Most Rev. Ryochi Gojo
  • Rev. Hideo Kondo
  • Rev. Kyusho Takayama

Chairperson of Board(Term: June 2022 – June 2024)

  • Rev. Koui Satoo

Board Members(Term: June 2022 – June 2024)

  • Rev. Wasan Takemori
  • Rev. Kido Onoi
  • Rev. Yoshiharu Tomatsu
  • Rev. Taikan Kaichi
  • Rev. Taishin Imagawa
  • Rev. Shugaku Kobayashi
  • Rev. Ryodo Teramoto
  • Rev. Ryugan Komine
  • Rev. Shoshin Iwawaki
  • Rev. Masazumi Okano
  • Rev. Meiryo Yoshida
  • Rev. Yujun Moriyama
  • Rev. Ryohan Ichimiya
  • Rev. Shodo Niimi
  • Rev. Kogaku Sato
  • Rev. Kojo Nagasawa
  • Rev. Koho Murayama
  • Mrs. Mariko Hanaoka
  • Mr. Harumi Aoki

Auditors(Term: June 2022 – June 2024)

  • Rev. Komyo Miyoshi
  • Rev. Shuyu Kuramochi
  • Mr. Masanari Kimura (CPA)

Legal Adviser

  • Mr. Masahiro Hasegawa (Lawyer)

Councils and Committees

Council List

  • General Affairs and Finance Council
  • Social and Human Rights Council
  • International Relation Council

Committee List

  • Religious Education Promotion Committee
  • Public Relations Committee
  • WFB Japan Regional Center Steering Committee
  • Support Investigation Committee
  • Journal “Zenbutsu” Editorial Committee

Affiliated Organizations of JBF

Affiliated Organizations List

Articles of JBF

Articles of JBF (Japanese)