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Japanese district court: Failure to recognize same-sex marriage is unconstitutional

A district court in Japan has ruled that the government’s failure to acknowledge same-sex marriage is a violation of the... Read more

A radiation hotspot in Kashiwa, a city in Chiba Prefecture, Japan, in February 2012

Japan's Catholic bishops mark 10th anniversary of Fukushima nuclear disaster

Ten years ago on March 11, a magnitude-9 earthquake under the ocean off the coast of Japan triggered a disaster... Read more

The Atomic Bomb Dome in Hiroshima, Japan. Credit: Oilstreet via Wikimedia (CC BY 2.5).

Catholic bishops of Hiroshima and Nagasaki hail nuclear weapons ban treaty

The Catholic bishops of Hiroshima and Nagasaki welcomed the United Nations treaty banning nuclear weapons that came into force Friday,... Read more

Osamu Giovanni Micico

This Japanese painter found the faith through sacred art

Osamu Giovanni Micico had never read the Bible, knew nothing of the stories of Christ in the gospels, and had... Read more

Cemetery outside the Amakusa Christian Museum in Amakusa, Japan.

Amid coronavirus, public Masses suspended in most Japanese dioceses

More dioceses in Japan have shut down Mass for the coming weeks in response to the ongoing outbreak of the... Read more

Archbishop Isao Kikuchi of Tokyo. CNA file photo.

Japanese dioceses suspend Masses amid coronavirus epidemic

Several Japanese dioceses have suspended Masses for several weeks due to the ongoing coronavirus scare across the country.  Read more

Students and young people at Tokyo's Sophia University discuss the Nov. 23-26 2019 visit of Pope Francis to Japan.

Japanese Catholic youth: 'We want to reach people'

“Most of Japanese people don’t know we exist,” Minori Takeuchi told CNA last week.  Read more

Fr. Raniel Berdos, CS. Courtesy photo.

From the Philippines, a missionary in Tokyo

On Sundays, Fr. Raniel Berdos can be found strolling the aisles of St. Mary's Cathedral in Tokyo.  Read more

Nagasaki's cathedral, after the Aug. 9, 1945 atomic bombing of the city.

At papal Mass, the Marian image that survived Nagasaki's atom bomb

The image used at a papal Mass in Nagasaki had an additional significance: It is a sculpture of Mary that... Read more

Pope Francis (L) leaves after meeting with Japan's Emperor Naruhito (R) at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on November 25, 2019.

Pope Francis meets the Japanese Emperor, who, like the pope, came after an unexpected resignation

Pope Francis met Monday with Emperor Naruhito of Japan. It was the first meeting of the two less, less than... Read more

Pope Francis meets with youth in Japan Nov. 25, 2019.

Lack of prayer creates spiritual ‘zombies,’ pope tells Japanese youth

If people neglect prayer and the interior life, they are at risk of becoming spiritual zombies, who seem fine on... Read more

Pope Francis meets with victims of Japan’s 2011 ‘triple disaster’ Nov. 25, 2019.

Meeting with disaster victims, pope says human suffering demands a response

In a meeting Monday with people affected by Japan’s 2011 “triple disaster,” Pope Francis criticized society’s indifference toward the suffering... Read more

Pope Francis at the Nagasaki Martyrs’ Monument on Nishizaka Hill Nov. 24, 2019.

Pope Francis honors heroism of Japanese martyrs of Nagasaki

Pope Francis Sunday honored the many martyrs who died in Japan during two centuries of persecution, encouraging Catholics in the... Read more

Pope Francis prays at the Nagasaki ground zero site on Nov. 24, 2019.

At Nagasaki ground zero, pope denounces 'unspeakable horror' of nuclear weapons

At the ground zero site of the 1945 nuclear attack on Nagasaki, Pope Francis said the threat of using nuclear... Read more

A 17th-century Japanese depiction of St. Francis Xavier, from the Kobe City Museum collection.

What does it mean to be Japanese and Catholic? Pope Francis in Japan raises the question

For centuries, Japanese intellectuals, emperors, and missionaries have asked the same question: What does it mean to be both Japanese... Read more

Students and young people at Tokyo's Sophia University discuss the Nov. 23-26 2019 visit of Pope Francis to Japan.

Japanese Catholic youth: Pope Francis 'like a grandfather to us'

Wearing a t-shirt with a cartoon image of Pope Francis, Minori Takeuchi energetically bounces while she walks outside Joseph Hall,... Read more

Illustration of the Japanese Tanabata mythology.

Tokyo archbishop: Japanese Shinto celebrations a chance for evangelization

Though it is mostly an irreligious country, seemingly untroubled by matters of the hereafter, Japan is over-run with festivals and... Read more

Archbishop Isao Kikuchi of Tokyo. CNA file photo.

Archbishop of Tokyo: ‘Collapse of traditional family system’ a challenge for irreligious Japan

The Archbishop of Tokyo, Isao Kikuchi, spoke with CNA about the challenge for Japanese Catholic churches to keep Catholics engaged,... Read more

Archbishop Isao Kikuchi of Tokyo. CNA file photo.

Tokyo archbishop: It is 'difficult to find success' on evangelization in Japan

Efforts by the Catholic Church to evangelize the Japanese population have frequently collided with roadblocks, according to Archbishop of Tokyo... Read more

A mourner at a cemetery on the eighth anniversary of the March 11, 2011 tsunami in Japan.

Pope Francis to meet victims of Japan's 2011 'triple disaster'

Pope Francis’ three-day visit to Japan in November will include a meeting with people affected by the country’s “triple disaster,”... Read more