August 28, 2011. (Romereports.com)
In 1950 a group of Franciscans began translating the Bible into colloquial Japanese. Now, after 61 years of work, the acadmeic society Studium Biblicum Franciscanum, located in Tokyo, finished their translation of the Bible.
This is the first version of the Bible to be translated from a Japanese original instead of the Latin version.
The Cardinal of Tokyo gave the volume to the prefect of the Vatican Library, Cardinal Raffaele Farina.
This translation was also made possible by the collaboration of the Japan Bible Society.