The Protestant Missions — June 20, 2011 at 1:54 am

The Salvation Army began work in Japan. 1895!


William Booth

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 “the native policy,” that is, as in India and some other countries, they used the dress, food, and many customs of the people among whom they labored. The sudden change to Japanese food brought serious illness to some of their number, and it was found advisable to modify the policy.
Reports of what the Salvation Army had accomplished in England had preceded it to Japan, where not only were 3ie Christians prepared to welcome it, but even some of the Buddhist periodicals praised what it had done for the degraded and criminal classes. Headquarters were opened in Tokyo, and the usual methods for attracting the attention of the people were pursued.
Ere long a Japanese edition of The War Cry was published; and in after years, as the number of soldiers increased, the work extended to other cities; efforts for sailors, discharged convicts, prostitutes, and other classes, being added to the general proclamation of the Gospel.
Japanese Salvation Army homepage

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