Diocese of Hiroshima
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In a land area of 31,818 square kilometers, the diocesan territory covers Hiroshima, Yamaguchi, Shimane, Okayama and Tottori prefectures.

Population

In the diocesan territory, the population is 7,627,791 at end of 2008. (The population of the whole country is 127 million). Most residents are ethnic Japanese. There are also 90,778 non-Japanese people according to the Immigration Bureau of Japan, 2008.

Language

The territory also has many languages/dialects.

History

The Vicariate Apostolic of Hiroshima was established on May 4, 1923, when the five prefectures of the Chugoku region (Okayama, Hiroshima, Yamaguchi, Shimane, and Tottori) were separated from the Diocese of Osaka and entrusted to German Jesuits. Archbishop Heinrich Doering, S.J. was appointed the first ordinary and took up his residence as Vicar Apostolic in Okayama.

In 1928 Bishop Johannes Ross, S.J. succeeded him and moved the vicar's residence to Hiroshima. When Bishop Ross resigned in 1940, Father Akira Ogihara, S.J. became Administrator Apostolic.

On June 30, 1959, the Vicariate Apostolic of Hiroshima was raised to the status of a diocese, and Monsignor Tokisuke Noda was nominated as the first bishop but excused himself due to illness. Father Yoshimatsu Noguchi was appointed in his place and on May 8, 1960, was consecrated and took office as Bishop of Hiroshima.

Upon the resignation of Bishop Noguchi in 1985, Father Atsumi Misue was appointed Bishop on March 29, 1985 and ordained on June 16 of the same year. Upon the resignation of Bishop Misue, Father Manyo Maeda was appointed Bishop of Hiroshima on May 13, 2011. On Sept. 23 of the same year he was consecrated and took office as the current Bishop of Hiroshima.

Transportation

Airplanes, railways, ships and buses are modes of transportation in the diocesan territory.

Economy

The per capita income in the diocesan territory is in:

Hiroshima: 3,038,000 JPY/year (33,374 USD as of February 2010)
Yamaguchi: 3,001,000 JPY/year (32,973 USD as of February 2010)
Shimane: 2,453,000 JPY/year (29,958 USD as of February 2010)
Okayama: 2,653,000 JPY/year (29,160 USD as of February 2010)
Tottori: 2,308,000 JPY/year (25,372 USD as of February 2010)
(Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, 2005)

Major industries are in:

Hiroshima: Transport machinery, iron & steel, electric machinery, general machinery, food products
Yamaguchi: Chemical, transport equipment/appliance, petroleum/coal product, steel and general machinery/tool
Shimane: Information and telecommunications equipment, iron and steel, general machinery, electronic components and devices, food ceramic/sand and stones
Okayama: Petroleum/coal products, transport equipment/appliance, chemical, steel and general machinery/tool
Tottori: Electrical manufacturing/electronics industry, food industry
(Japan External Trade Organization, 2010)

Education

Throughout Japan, literacy is 99 percent, according to the Central Intelligence Agency, USA, in 2010.

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