Diary of Juan Labrador, O.P.

March 6, 1942

Msgr. Paul Taguchi, recently consecrated Bishop of Osaka, arrived. He is the most active, influential and prestigious Japanese ecclesiastical figure in the whole empire. He has visited many European countries and speaks Italian, French, English, and a little Spanish. He possesses such frankness, cordiality and intelligence,—traits not typically Japanese.

Msgr. Taguchi was sent by the Japanese government as a technical adviser to handle matters regarding the Catholic Church in the Philippines in its relationship with the civil and military authorities. It is a delicate and difficult job, considering that the new government is trying to suppress the Catholic Church and its organization as much as possible.

He flew from Tokyo, having undertaken the same mission in Korea and Manchuria. He would stay here for a few months. Although he does not wear the uniform, he is a high official in the Japanese Army.