Little Sisters of Jesus in Japan, 'To live together'

For more than ten years, immigrants have been arriving in Japan. People from South America of Japanese origin were the first to arrive. In fact, before the first world war, many Japanese went to South America and especially to Brazil looking for work.

2008, was the 100th anniversary since the first Japanese went to Brazil. Now the movement is in reverse. The descendants of the second and third generation of Japanese immigrants have come back to Japan looking for work. They are given work visas. Since then, other workers have arrived from Korea or from our neighbors, the Philippines, or from Africa

Often they come with a tourist visa and then stay in the country. Many of them are Catholics. In the diocese of our Regional Community in particular, 80% of the Catholics are non-Japanese. Each diocese tries to answer to this new pastoral need. The Bishops plan to ask for priests from Vietnam and the Philippines. The religious congregations are working in welcoming centers to give counsel and help. The actual project of our diocese is 'to live together.' Up until now our Japanese society was self sufficient. Now it is often Christians, who are turned towards these new arrivals and it is a good witness.