ISSN 2330-717X

Japan: Bishops Publish Call To Abolish Nuclear Power Plants


The Japanese bishops have published a 290-page technical, ethical and theological call for the abolition of nuclear power generation.

Abolition of Nuclear Power: An Appeal from the Catholic Church in Japan was prepared by an editorial committee of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Japan (CBCJ), which is headed by Jesuit Father Ichiro Mitsunobu.

The book expands upon “Abolish Nuclear Plants Immediately: Facing the Tragedy of the Fukushima Dai’ichi Nuclear Plant Disaster,” a Nov. 8, 2011, statement by the CBCJ made six months after a nuclear power plant disaster in Fukushima.

The new commentary draws upon a further five years of reflection as well as Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato si’.

The book is in three sections.

The first part presents a nuclear history of Japan, including in addition to the Fukushima disaster the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki as well as the exposure of Japanese fishermen to radioactive fallout following atomic testing in Bikini Atoll.

The second section explains scientific and technical problems connected with nuclear power plants.

The main part is the third, which looks at the problem of atomic power generation from the point of view of Catholic ethical teaching.

The book calls for solidarity among the churches and religions of the region in abolishing atomic power plants.

An English-language translation is in preparation.

Click here to have Eurasia Review's newsletter delivered via RSS, as an email newsletter, via mobile or on your personal news page.

UCA News

The Union of Catholic Asian News (UCA News, UCAN) is the leading independent Catholic news source in Asia. A network of journalists and editors that spans East, South and Southeast Asia, UCA News has for four decades aimed to provide the most accurate and up-to-date news, feature, commentary and analysis, and multimedia content on social, political and religious developments that relate or are of interest to the Catholic Church in Asia.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.