Diocese of Nagoya
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In a land area of 25,305 square kilometers, the diocesan territory covers Aichi, Gifu, Ishikawa, Fukui and Toyama prefectures.


In the diocesan territory, the population is 12,370,063 at end of 2008. (The population of the whole country is 127 million). Most residents are ethnic Japanese. There are also 327,599 non-Japanese people, according to the Immigration Bureau of Japan, 2008.


The territory also has many languages/dialects.


The Prefecture Apostolic of Nagoya was established on Feb. 19, 1922 when the two prefectures of Aichi and Gifu were separated from the Archdiocese of Tokyo and the three prefectures of Fukui, Ishikawa, and Toyama were separated from the Prefecture Apostolic of Niigata. The new prefecture apostolic was entrusted to the German Fathers of the Society of the Divine Word, and Monsignor Joseph Reiners, S.V.D., who was also Prefect Apostolic of Niigata, was appointed concomitantly Prefect Apostolic of Nagoya. In 1926 Monsignor Reiners resigned as Prefect Apostolic of Niigata and became Prefect Apostolic of Nagoya alone. In 1941, with the resignation of Monsignor Reiners, Father Magoshiro Matsuoka took over responsibility for both Niigata and Nagoya as administrator apostolic. In 1945 Monsignor Matsuoka became prefect apostolic of both Niigata and Nagoya. In 1953 he resigned as Prefect Apostolic of Niigata. On April 16, 1962, the Prefecture Apostolic of Nagoya was raised to the status of a diocese, and Monsignor Matsuoka was consecrated as the first bishop. In 1969 Bishop Matsuoka resigned, and in the same year Father Nobuo Soma was consecrated bishop.

On April 5, 1993, Bishop Soma resigned and Father Jun'ichi Nomura was appointed his successor. He was consecrated on July 4 of the same year and still serves as the Bishop of Nagoya. (Catholic Bishops' Conference of Japan, 2010)


Airplanes, railways, ships and buses are in use in the diocesan territory.


According to a report of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications of 2005, the per capita income in the diocesan terrutory was in:
Aichi: 3,524,000 JPY/year (39,088 UDS as of February 2010)
Gifu: 2,794,000 JPY/year (30,991 USD as of February 2010)
Ishikawa: 2,852,000 JPY/year (31,639 USD as of February 2010)
Fukui: 2,869,000 JPY/year (31,826 USD as of February 2010)
Toyama: 3,097,000 JPY/year (34,354 USD as of February 2010)

Major industries in the diocese are in:
Aichi: Transport machinery, general machinery, iron and steel, electrical machinery, plastics
Gifu: Transportation equipment and machinery (automobiles, aircraft), general machinery, machinery and metals, electrical machinery, food products"
Ishikawa: Information-related, machinery-related, textile-related, traditional, tourism
Fukui: Electronics and devices, chemistry, textiles, plastics, electrical machinery
Toyama: Aluminum, machinery, pharmaceuticals, plastics, electronic components

(Japan External Trade Organization, 2010)


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