Information on the Catholic Church in Japan & Other Areas

Profile of Father Soichiro John TERAO, owner of this website:

Born in 1941 in Nishinomiya near Osaka, Japan. Ordained a Catholic priest by Cardinal Timothy Manning, Archbishop of Los Angeles, in 1973, in Los Angeles, California with other 16 class of St.John's Seminary in Camarillo. He has been a diocesan priest of Nagoya, Japan, since ordination. He has been pastor of the parishes of Mizunami, Komaki, Sonobe, Okazaki Kozoji and Ichinomiya. In June, 2015, he moved to
the parish of Zendana, in Nagoya City, Aichi prefecture, Japan..

To Recent Topics found by the owner of this website


NHK Peace Archives

Hiroshima Peace Tourism

Obama Visits Hiroshima, Meets Survivors


Full text of Nagasaki Peace Declaration on 76th A-bomb anniversary(August 9,2021)


An Appeal from the Catholic Church in Japan

Text of message by UN Secr at 2021 Nagasaki Peace Memorial Ceremony

Pastoral Letter by  Archbishop John Wester of Santa Fe (January 11,2022)
"Living in the Light of Christ's Peace: A Conversation
Toward Nuclear Disarmam
ent" (full pastoral letter) PDF(January 11, 2022)

U.S.Bishops’ Chairman for International Justice and Peace Commends Pledge by World Powers to Avoid Nuclear Conflict   January 6, 2022

POW Research Network Japan

Peace Philosophy Centre

Peace Culture Village


To obtain additional information about the activities of the Catholic Church in Japan, in English, I would like to recommend the following URLs:

To everyone around the world who supported reconstruction in areas affected
by the Great East Japan Earthquak (March 11, 2021
Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Japane)

Catholic Bishops' Conference of Japan:

" REVERENCE FOR LIFE: A NEW LOOK" The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Japan January 1, 2017

Japan Catholic News:

Nanzan Institute for Religion and Culture

   "Catholic Church History in Japan" by Catholic Bishops' Conference of Japan

"Catholic Church History in Japan" by Saint Pauline Sisters

Japan's Catholic Church History in specific ages by Saint Pauline Sisters
 1. Christianism transmitted by Saint Francisco Xavier
2. Tensho Ken-o shisetsu (mission to Europe of 1582)
3. Prohibition of Christian religion by Hideyoshi and 26 martyrs.
4. Ieyasu Tokugawa and the Christians
5.National isolation and prohibition of Christian religion

Twenty-six Martyrs' Museun Home Page

List of the 26 Martyrs of Japan in Nishizaka, Nagasaki

Tomás Nishi and Companion Martyrs: The 16 Martyrs of Nagasaki
(Canonized by SS. John Paul II in October 18, 1987)

Lista de los 205 Beatos Mártires del Japón
(Beatificados por Pío IX el 7 de Julio de 1867)

List of Petro Kibe and 187 Companion Martyrs
(Beatified on November 24, 2008)

Dom Justo Takayama
(Beatified on 7 February 2017 in Osaka with Cardinal Angelo Amato)

Japanese Christian warlord Takayama Ukon beatified

General news in Japan
NHK World:

Kyodo News :

The Japan Times :

Japan Today:

The Asahi Shinbun

Mainichi Daily News

The Japan News by the Yomiyuri Shinbun 

Japan Center for Asian Historical Records (JACAR)


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