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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

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

Nov 25, 2019

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

Nov 24, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

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

Nov 24, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

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

Nov 23, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

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