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The Seto Inland Sea is the body of water separating Honshū, Shikoku, and Kyūshū, three of the four main islands of Japan.

Pope Francis merges two dioceses in Japan

Aug 16, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

Cardinal Thomas Aquino Manyo Maeda was named on Aug. 15 as the first archbishop of the new Archdiocese of Osaka-Takamatsu. Read more

A Catholic Church in Nagasaki, destroyed by the Aug. 9, 1945, atomic bombing of the city. Public domain

Atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki killed two-thirds of the city’s Catholics 78 years ago

Aug 9, 2023

By Eduardo Berdejo

Since the 16th century, Nagasaki has been an important center of Catholicism in Japan, initially evangelized by Jesuit and Franciscan... Read more

The Church of Foreign Missions in Paris.

Investigation opened into alleged abuse by Paris Foreign Mission Society priests

Jun 21, 2023

By Courtney Mares

The French bishops’ conference said the official investigation has come at the request of the superior general of the Paris... Read more


Japanese governmental panel backs abortion pill amid small pro-life protests

Apr 25, 2023

By Tyler Arnold

Japan is now one step closer to legalizing an abortion pill despite some pushback from a small but dedicated pro-life... Read more


Japanese government to investigate forced sterilization of intellectually disabled people

Jan 27, 2023

By Jonah McKeown

At least eight couples have reportedly undergone sterilization at the behest of Asunaro Social Welfare Service Corp. Read more


Japanese prime minister vows to take action on declining birthrate

Jan 25, 2023

By Jonah McKeown

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida recently warned that Japan’s birthrate — one of the lowest in the world — is... Read more

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

The unlikely hero of India: St. Francis Xavier 

Dec 3, 2022

By Peter Pinedo

Today’s feast celebrates the life of St. Francis Xavier, the patron saint of missionaries and missions, who led an unlikely... Read more


Pope Francis sends condolences to Japan after Shinzo Abe shot

Jul 9, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

“In the wake of this senseless act, [Pope Francis] prays that Japanese society will be strengthened in its historic commitment... Read more

Pope Francis meets with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida at the Vatican, May 4, 2022.

Japan’s PM tells Vatican of concern about human rights in Hong Kong and Xinjiang

May 4, 2022

By Courtney Mares

Fumio Kishida discussed nuclear weapons with Pope Francis during a 25-minute meeting. Read more

Iran and Poland compete in the volleyball tournament of the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan.

Pope Francis offers blessing to athletes at Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games

Jul 26, 2021

By CNA Staff

“In this time of pandemic, may these Games be a sign of hope,” the pope said. Read more

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

Mar 17, 2021

By CNA Staff

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

Mar 11, 2021

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

Jan 22, 2021

By Courtney Mares

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

Apr 12, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

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

Mar 11, 2020

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

Mar 4, 2020

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'

Nov 27, 2019

“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

Nov 27, 2019

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

Nov 25, 2019

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