It makes a lot of sense, given Japanese cultural fondness for monks and for doing spiritually strenuous things. But with all the sad resigned things some orders say about how Catholic Japan is sooooo uninfluential, and there’s such a vocation crisis, and really nobody is interested in religion in modern Japan so we have to approach them in other ways, you would think that this TINY LITTLE FACT would get mentioned.
Japan is not all that big a country. Seven frickin’ super-silent monasteries they’ve got. Is this not of interest??? Is this not sufficiently hardcore???