» 05/07/2015, 00.00
Tarcisio Isao Kikuchi*
Bishop of Niigata: Population decline major challenge for Japanese Church and society
According to government figures, the percentage of the population under 15 years of age fell for the 41st consecutive year. Today young people represent only 12% of the total. The economic crisis is a major cause, and the most affected are rural areas where there are small Catholic communities. Msgr. Kikuchi tells AsiaNews: "By 2040, 80% of rural communities will disappear. As the Catholic Church we are doing too little to prevent it".
Japan, state funds to freeze eggs and have children after 45 years of age
The city of Utayasu announces: from April 1 a new wing of the local hospital will be opened for the storage of frozen eggs. The government will pay 70% of medical expenses for women - between 20 and 34 years of age - who want to avail of the program. Japan hit by a demographic crisis that seems irreversible.
More holidays means more babies, government officials believe
Japan's government is expected to adopt a plan that includes increased paid leave to boost falling birth rate and improve family life.
01/12/2015 JAPAN – VATICAN
Nuncio to Japan calls for engaging young people to defeat global warming
The Holy See representative in Tokyo tells AsiaNews that Japan is very interested in the issue. “This is why we organised this symposium” at Sophia University, involving young people who are the key to real change. The Japanese government is concerned about the country’s declining birth rate, but a solution “needs a lot of time”.
For China's government stability comes before religious freedom
Conflicts and terrorism but also the crisis of values cause mental distress, says the Pope
In his World Day of the Sick message, Pope Benedict XVI urges social groups and Church communities to support the mentally ill and their families.
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