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Cardinal Thomas Aquinas Manyo Maeda was born on March 3, 1949, in Kami-Goto, Nagasaki prefecture. He was ordained priest on March 19, 1975. On May 13, 2011, Pope Benedict XVI appointed him bishop of Hiroshima. He was ordained bishop on Sept. 23, 2011.
Pope Francis on Aug. 20, 2014, appointed Bishop Maeda as the archbishop of Osaka following the retirement of Archbishop Leo Jun Ikenaga, S.J. On 28 June 2018 he was elevated to a cardinal.