TOKYO (RNS) — Members of this country’s small but vocal opposition to the government’s nuclear energy policy took heart Monday (Nov. 25) from Pope Francis’ last speech of his visit to Asia, in which the pontiff voiced his “concerns” about the use of nuclear power.

“Our age is tempted to make technological progress the measure of human progress,” Francis told the crowd at Bellesalle Hanzomon convention center in downtown Tokyo. “So it is important at times like this to pause and reflect upon who we are and, perhaps more critically, who we want to be.”

Hajime Matsumoto, a founder of the collective Shirōto no Ran (Amateur Revolt), said the inhabitants of Tokyo’s bohemian Kōenji district agree with the pope’s misgivings.

“If there is another big

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