Maria Grace Tazu Sasamori, priest of the Diocese of Tokyo, has been elected as the first female Bishop in Japan and South East Asia. She was elected as the Bishop of Hokkaido at the 80th electoral Synod of the Diocese of Hokkaido.
She was elected on the 10th ballot with two-thirds of the votes of the houses of clergy and laity on 3 November. She accepted the result on 26 November and became Bishop-elect of the Diocese of Hokkaido on the same day.
She will succeed Bishop Nathaniel Makoto Uematsu, former Primate of the Nippon Sei Ko Kei (The Anglican Communion in Japan).
The date of her consecration and installation is yet to be determined.
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Source: Anglican News Service