The Catholic Church in Japan has a problem with a new movement called “independence catholicity in Japan.”
It’s not the first time the group has emerged as a political force.
It’s also not the only one.
But the group, which is calling for more Catholics to serve in the Japanese military, is drawing attention from conservative forces in Japan.
Its leader, the Catholic Bishop of Hiroshima, is also running for the presidency in 2018.
That would be a major victory for the Catholic Church’s longstanding ally in Japan, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
The country is a staunchly pro-Christian country and many of its citizens are evangelical Protestants.
In the run-up to the 2016 presidential election, Abe’s Democratic Party, the ruling party, won the most seats in parliament.
“It’s not a problem,” the Rev. Kazuo Nishikawa, a member of the group’s advisory board, told The Associated Press in a phone interview.
“The problem is that we are not able to support the current government because it is opposed to Catholicism.”
In Japan, there are roughly 70,000 Catholics.
The group is led by the late Bishop Hiroshi Noda, who died in January.
He led a movement that tried to push for the country to allow the Catholic community to continue to practice its faith in Japan while it was under martial law.
In his farewell address in 2015, he called the movement “a political protest against the current political and social situation.”
The group says its aim is to be “a visible and strong force for freedom and human rights in Japan,” and it is trying to organize and mobilize the faithful to “bring about change.”
The leader of the new movement, the former priest of a Catholic parish, is Yasuhiko Tani, a Japanese-born Japanese-American born in California who has lived in the U.S. since 1989.
He’s said he’s wanted to run for president since at least 2010.
Tani has said the group will make the decision about whether or not to run “in the next two weeks,” but it has not yet announced a candidate.
The Catholic group says it will also call for a constitutional amendment to allow for more elections in the future.
“We want to make a change,” Nishikawa said.
“What we want is for the next president to be Catholic.”
The country’s current president, Shinzo Abe, is a Catholic, but has called for more religious freedom.
The current prime minister, Yoshihiko Noda of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), is a member.