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The Rev. Claudia Genung –Yamamoto is a missionary with the General Board of Global  Ministries of The United Methodist Church assigned to ministries of community outreach and church development in Kobe, Japan. She assumed these responsibilities in late 2011 after serving for two decades as a missionary with the National Christian Council of Japan in Tokyo (NCC-J). Claudia works with the Kobe Jesus Band Church and its community ministry through Kagawa Memorial Center. Rev. Toyohiko Kagawa, an eminent Japanese Christian leader, founded the church in 1909. The Kagawa Center ministers to the spiritual and psychical needs of the people in Kobe, which is an international port. The Center has a café (Tengokuya Heaven’s Café), museum, day care, tutoring program for foreign children in Japanese schools, food distribution bi-monthy through a local food bank, after school program for disabled children, programs for single mothers and their children, and offers various seminars to the community. The weekly café provides low-cost lunches where all are welcome, and the monthly Night Café donates funds to help with ongoing disaster relief in Fukushima prefecture, where the 2011 earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear power plant explosion occurred. 

The Jesus Band Church, where Claudia is an associate pastor, is part of the United Church of Christ in Japan (UCCJ),that continues the work of Methodism in Japan. She has started a new international congregation, which worships every other month.

Claudia is active in mission and ecumenical affairs. She was president of the Tokyo Ecumenical Council in Tokyo and now networks with other churches in Kobe. She is a member of Peace and Nature, an NPO in Kobe and  Second Harvest Japan in Tokyo. She serves on the AFARI (American Friends of Asian Rural Institute) and helps the ARI Kansai Caravan when they come to the Kobe, Kyoto, and Osaka area each year. She works with a union of churches in Japan that includes Methodists and helps coordinate a ministry with the homeless in Kobe.
Claudia’s husband Rev. Toshimasa Yamamoto isa GBGM VIM (Volunteer In Mission)and former General Secretary of NCC-J as well as a former Global Ministries missionary. Toshi now works as a chaplain and professor at Kwansei Gakuin University. He has authored books and articles on ecumenism and peace in Northeast Asia. Claudia and Tohsi husband are both concerned about peace in our world today. 

They are the parents of two grown sons.      

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