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You become a Mason by joining a lodge. There are usually three steps:
•Finding out about Masonry.
•Choosing a lodge and getting to know the members.
•Submitting an application or ‘petition’.
Remember that the first step is up to you. If you know any Masons, don’t hesitate to ask them about Masonry.
They’ll be delighted to answer your questions. If you don’t know any Masons, please contact the Grand Lodge of Japan and we’ll do our best to answer your questions and put you in touch with a convenient lodge.
After receiving your completed Petition Form, the lodge will inform the Grand Lodge of Japan of your application. You will then be interviewed, in private, by several members of the lodge who will report their findings to the Master (elected chairman) of the lodge. If the findings are favorable, the lodge will hold a secret ballot on your application. If that ballot is favorable, a date will be set for you to become a member by receiving the First Degree of Masonry.
On average, it takes two or three months from the time you submit your petition to the time you receive the First Degree of Masonry. If your petition is received just before the busy year-end season, or if other applicants are waiting in line, it might take a little longer.
Once you’ve received the First Degree of Masonry you’ll be known as an Entered Apprentice. With time and study, you’ll be able to receive the Second (Fellowcraft) and Third (Master Mason) Degrees.