Peter Tatsuo Doi

Japanese Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church
In this Japanese name, the family name is Doi.

Peter Tatsuo Doi (ペトロ土井辰雄, Peter Doi tatsuo, December 22, 1892-February 21, 1970) was a Japanese priest of the Roman Catholic Church.[2] He was the first Japanese person to become a Cardinal.[3]

His Eminence

Peter Tatsuo Doi
Cardinal, Archbishop of Tokyo
Archbishop Peter Doi in 1938.jpg
Peter Tatsuo Doi in 1938
SeeArchdiocese of Tokyo
Term ended1970
PredecessorJean-Alexis Chambon
SuccessorPeter Shirayanagi
Created cardinal1960
Personal details
BornDecember 22, 1892
Sendai, Japan
DiedFebruary 21, 1970
The Coat of Arms of Cardinal Doi[1]

Early lifeEdit

Doi was born in Sendai.[4] He studied in Rome.[5]


Doi was ordained as a priest in 1921.[4]

In 1934, he was made Secretary of the Apostolic Delegation to Japan.


He was named Bishop of Tokyo in 1937.[4]

He was Apostolic Administrator of Roman Catholic Diocese of Yokohama from 1945 to 1947.[6]


In 1960, Pope John XXIII created him Cardinal of Sant'Antonio da Padova in Via Merulana.[7]

In 1965, Doi was among those who read the closing messages of the Second Vatican Council.[8]


  1. Vatican heraldry, Coat of Arms, Cardinal Doi (in Italian)
  2. Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric (2002). Japan Encyclopedia. Harvard University Press. p. 157. ISBN 978-0-674-01753-5.
  3. Cortesi, Arnaldo. "Pope John Names a Negro Cardinal; A Native African, a Japanese and a Filipino Among 7 to Be Princes of Church," New York Times. March 4, 1960; retrieved 2011-10-28.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 "Sketches of Six of the Cardinals-Designate; Japanese Named Has Been Archbishop Since 1937," New York Times. March 4, 1960; retrieved 2011-10-28.
  5. Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric. (2002). "Doi Tatsuo" in Japan encyclopedia, p. 157.
  6. Giga-Catholic Information (GCatholic), Diocese of Yokohama; retrieved 2011-10-28.
  7. GCatholic, Cardinal, S. Antonio da Padova in Via Merulana; retrieved 2011-10-28.
  8. Christus Rex, To the Poor, the Sick and the Suffering

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Preceded by
Jean-Alexis Chambon
Archbishop of Tokyo
Succeeded by
Peter Shirayanagi