The Catholic Bishops' Conference in Japan said Thursday it has established a committee per district but details of an investigation haven't been decided.
The conference said surveys found two reported cases in 2002 and five in 2015, which weren't disclosed or verified. It said they will be retroactively investigated.
The decision comes after Pope Francis convened a bishops' summit in February to press responses to worldwide scandals.
Japan's Catholic community is about 440,000, or 0.3 percent of the population.
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