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by / on September 6, 2011 at 4:12 am / in The Protestant Missions

The Gathering at Viscount Matsudaira in 1896!

In September, 1896, there was a gathering at the villa of Viscount Matsudaira in Tokyo, of prominent persons connected with different religious systems. Nineteen Buddhist priests, sixteen Christians, two Shintoists, and five other persons were present. The professed object of the meeting was to promote friendly feelings between those of different beliefs. The speakers, as was natural, emphasized the similarities […]

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by / on September 6, 2011 at 3:27 am / in The Protestant Missions

Obstacles of the ” Church in Japan” and Doshisha’s falling away! 1895.

The Church for September, 1896, published an article by Rev. T. T. Alexander, D.D., on “The Problems before the Church of Japan.” What he said upon two points will throw some light upon the condition of Christian work at the period that we are now considering. The first problem mentioned was that of how the masses were to be reached. […]

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by / on June 20, 2011 at 3:09 am / in The Protestant Missions

Leprosy in Japan! Three Christians instrumental in their care!

Leprosy is very common in Japan. Exact statistics are not obtainable; for the disease is considered to bring such disgrace upon the family which it enters that its existence is often concealed. When the family is in comfortable circumstances, the patient is usually shut off in a separate room in order that he may not be seen by outsiders, and […]

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by / on June 20, 2011 at 1:54 am / in The Protestant Missions

The Salvation Army began work in Japan. 1895!

In September, 1895, the Salvation Army began work in Japan. Before this, two or three Japanese who had seen something of the Army in America or England had copied certain of its methods, but none of them had any connection with the central organization. Those who now came began operations in both Yokohama and Tokyo. They adopted what was called […]

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by / on June 20, 2011 at 1:25 am / in The Protestant Missions

Doshisha losing its Christian character!

There had gradually arisen among the missionaries of the American Board much dissatisfaction with the conduct of the Doshisha. As the affairs of that institution occupy considerable space in the history of this and succeeding years, it may be well to recall a few facts concerning it. It will be remembered that it had been established by Dr. Neesima in […]

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by / on June 20, 2011 at 12:54 am / in The Protestant Missions

The effects of the spirit of commercialism in 1899!

It was in part an indirect result of the war that there came a great and rapid increase of industrial and commercial activity. Many factories were built, railroads were projected, and stock companies were formed for all sorts of enterprises. Japan seldom does things by halves, and the whole nation seemed to be affected by the spirit of commercialism. In […]

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by / on June 20, 2011 at 12:43 am / in The Protestant Missions

Japanese interior opens up in 1899!

Christian work was in various ways affected by the ratification, in 1894 and 1895, of new treaties between Japan and Western nations. As has been previously noted, the Japanese had long desired to be relieved from extra-territoriality and from other restrictions imposed by the older treaties, and the reluctance of some nations to grant any concessions had caused much ill-will […]

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by / on June 20, 2011 at 12:23 am / in The Protestant Missions

War with China, 1894 and the Red Cross Society!

During the war the city of Hiroshima was the military headquarters, and it also became the center for much Christian work among the soldiers that spent a longer or shorter time in the city on their way to or from the seat of war. The most favorable opportunity for work was among the sick and wounded soldiers in the hospitals. […]

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by / on June 17, 2011 at 2:20 am / in The Protestant Missions

War with China and golden opportunities! 1894.

The outbreak of the war with China made the year 1894 an important one in Japan’s history. This war affected in many ways the progress of Christianity. In the first place, the Christians had an opportunity to disprove the charge that had so persistently been brought against them of being deficient in loyalty. Those in the army were eager to […]

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by / on June 17, 2011 at 2:01 am / in The Protestant Missions

Rev. Clay MacCauley dedicates a Unity Hall in Tokyo-1894!

In March, 1894, the Unitarians dedicated in Tokyo a two-story building to which the name Unity Hall was given. It contained an audience room, a library, and rooms for the use of a school. An extract from the dedicatory address of Rev. Clay MacCauley, D.D., will show the importance that he attached to the building: “If, in beginning what I […]

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