Metropolitan Daniel of Japan reposes in the Lord

Tokyo, August 10, 2023   

His Eminence Metropolitan Daniel of Tokyo and All Japan reposed in the Lord today at the age of 84, reports

He served the Lord in clerical orders for 54 years, including 23 as the primate of the Japanese Autonomous Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate).

The Metropolitan presided over the celebration of several important anniversaries for the Japanese Church in September 2020: the 150th anniversary of its founding, the 50th anniversary of its autonomy, and the 50th anniversary of the glorification of St. Nikolai of Japan.

Read about Met. Daniel and his ministry in the Japanese Church in the interview, “Divine Love Must Reign in the Heart of Man.”

May His Eminence’s memory be eternal!


The future metropolitan was born on September 5, 1938, in Toyohashi, Aichi Prefecture, Japan.

In 1965, he graduated from the Tokyo Theological Seminary, and in 1968 from St. Vladimir’s Seminary in New York with a master’s degree in theology.

He was ordained to the deaconate in November 1969, and to the priesthood in January 1972. He was appointed rector of St. Matthew’s Church in Toyohashi.

On August 20, 1999, he was tonsured a monk with the name Daniel, in honor of St. Daniel of Moscow, at the Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra. On September 6, he was elevated to the rank of igumen, and on October 6, he was elected Bishop of Kyoto. On November 11, he was elevated to the rank of archimandrite.

He was consecrated to the episcopacy on November 14, 1999, in the Epiphany Cathedral in Moscow. The service was led by His Holiness Patriarch Alexei II of Moscow and All Russia.

On May 14, 2000, he was elected the Metropolitan of Tokyo and All Japan.

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