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Diocese of Kyoto

Diocese of Kyoto
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In a land area of 17,832 square kilometers, the diocesan territory covers Kyoto, Shiga, Nara and Mie prefectures.


In the territory of Kyoto diocese, the population is 7,236,492 at end of 2016. Most residents are ethnic Japanese. There are also 150,116 non-Japanese people according to the Immigration Bureau of Japan.


The territory also has many languages/dialects.


The Prefecture Apostolic of Kyoto was established on June 17, 1937 from the four prefectures of Kyoto, Nara, Mie and Shiga, which had belonged to the Diocese of Osaka. It was entrusted to the Maryknoll Fathers.

The first Prefect Apostolic was Monsignor Patrick Byrne, M.M. However, with his resignation in 1940, Father Yoshiyuki Furuya became prefect apostolic. On July 12, 1951, the prefecture apostolic was raised to the status of a diocese, and Monsignor Furuya was consecrated the first Bishop of Kyoto on Sept. 21, the same year.

With the resignation of Bishop Furuya in 1976, Father Ken'ichi Tanaka was appointed Bishop of Kyoto and was consecrated on Sept. 23, 1976.

Bishop Tanaka resigned for health reasons as of March 3, 1997, and Father Yoshinao Otsuka was ordained Bishop of Kyoto on May 25, 1997. (Catholic Bishops' Conference of Japan, 2010)


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


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

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