Interesting Japanese Christians!

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Masanao Nakamura

Nakamura was one of the first prominent Japanese philosophers to convert to Christianity, which he tempered with Confucian humanism and belief in the innate goodness of humanity. He viewed Christianity as the foundation for the military and economic strength of the western nations, and stated that Japan needed to discard its traditional beliefs as a necessary step in strengthening the […]

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Fukuzawa Yukichi

Fukuzawa Yukichi (福澤 諭吉?, January 10, 1835 – February 3, 1901) was a Japanese author, writer, teacher, translator, entrepreneur and political theorist who founded Keio University. His ideas about government and social institutions made a lasting impression on a rapidly changing Japan during the Meiji Era. He is regarded as one of the founders of modern Japan. Tweet

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by / on March 29, 2010 at 11:37 pm / in Interesting Japanese Christians!

Murayama Tōan

Murayama Tōan Murayama Tōan Antonio (村山等安)[1] was a 17th-century Japanese Governor of the city of Nagasaki (Nagasaki daikan, 長崎代官). He was born in Nagoya from a humble background,and he was a Christian. He played an important role in the handling of “Nanban trade” in Nagasaki with Christian powers, Murayama went to Nagasaki as a youth and was baptized there, receiving […]

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by / on March 29, 2010 at 10:07 pm / in Interesting Japanese Christians!

Dom Justo Takayama-Takayama Ukon.

Dom Justo Takayama From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Dom Justo Takayama (1552 – February 4, 1615) was a kirishitan daimyo and a Japanese Samurai who followed Christianity in the Sengoku period of Japan. Takayama Justo was born to be the heir of Takayama Tomoteru, the lord of Sawa Castle in the Yamato Province. His name as a child was Hikogorō […]

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by / on March 29, 2010 at 9:59 pm / in Interesting Japanese Christians!

Arima Harunobu

Arima Harunobu From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Arima Harunobu (有馬晴信?, 1567-1612) Arima Harunobu was the second son and successor of Japanese daimyo Arima Yoshisada. Harunobu was born in the castle of Arima and controlled the Shimabara area of Hizen province. After Harunobu’s father’s death, he began the persecution of Christians in his region. With Ryūzōji Takanobu expanding into his domain, […]

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by / on March 22, 2010 at 12:49 pm / in Interesting Japanese Christians!

Luis Sotelo

Luis Sotelo From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Luis Sotelo (September 6, 1574 -1624), was a Franciscan friar who died as a martyr in Japan, in 1624, and was beatified by Pope Pius IX in 1867. Sotelo was born in Sevilla, Spain, and studied at the University of Salamanca before entering the convent of “Calvario de los Hermanos Menores”. He was […]

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by / on March 22, 2010 at 12:39 pm / in Interesting Japanese Christians!

Date Masamune

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Date Masamune (伊達 政宗?) (September 5, 1567 – June 27, 1636) was a Japanese samurai of the Azuchi-Momoyama period through early Edo period. Heir to a long line of powerful daimyo in the Tōhoku region, he went on to found the modern-day city of Sendai. An outstanding tactician, he was made all the more iconic […]

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by / on March 8, 2010 at 2:08 pm / in Interesting Japanese Christians!

Uchimura Kanzō

Uchimura Kanzō From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Uchimura Kanzō (内村鑑三?, March 26, 1861 – March 28, 1930) was a Japanese author, Christian evangelist, and the founder of the Nonchurch Movement (Mukyōkai) of Christianity in the Meiji and Taishō period Japan. Early life Uchimura was born in Edo, and exhibited a talent for languages from a very early age; he started […]

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