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Want to go to Japan, but have a problem - 11-25-2007, 12:30 AM

Ok, I plan to go to Japan in the future but I have a concern about it. Im a Christian and is wondering what they do to Christians in Japan, do they kill Christians for their beleifs? So yeah. Peace.
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kill Christians for their beliefs? okay. wtf? o_O
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11-25-2007, 12:31 AM

no, they do not kill christians, alot of japanese are infact christian
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11-25-2007, 12:46 AM

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no, they do not kill christians, alot of japanese are infact christian
LIES!!

Every1 knows all christians are brutally murdered the instance they set foot in Japanese territory by religious guided chopstick's....


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11-25-2007, 12:49 AM

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LIES!!

Every1 knows all christians are brutally murdered the instance they set foot in Japanese territory by religious guided chopstick's....
lol....... this made me giggle
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...hahahah.
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Wtf???

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11-25-2007, 01:06 AM

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no, they do not kill christians, alot of japanese are infact christian
hmm.................I did not know that.


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why on earth would Japanese people kill Christians?

what kind of country do you think Japan is? D:
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11-25-2007, 01:11 AM

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hmm.................I did not know that.
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Today, about one to two million Japanese are Christians (about 1% of Japan's population). Most of them live in Western Japan where the missionaries' activities were greatest during the 16th century.

A few Christian customs have become quite popular also among the non-Christian population. Such customs are the wearing of white dresses at weddings or the celebration of St.Valentine's Day and, to a certain grade, also Christmas.

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In the year 1542, the first Europeans from Portugal landed on Kyushu in Western Japan. The two historically most important things they imported to Japan were gunpowder and Christianity. The Japanese barons on Kyushu welcomed foreign trade especially because of the new weapons, and, therefore, tolerated the Jesuit missionaries. The missionaires were successful in converting quite large numbers of people in Western Japan including members of the ruling class. In 1550, Francis Xavier also undertook a mission to the capital Kyoto.

Towards the end of the 16th century, the Jesuits lost their monopoly position in Japan when Franciscan missionaries arrived in Kyoto despite a first banning edict by Toyotomi Hideyoshi. In 1597, Hideyoshi proclaimed a more serious banning edict and executed 26 Franciscans in Nagasaki as a warning. Tokugawa Ieyasu and his successors continued the persecution of Christianity in several further edicts.

The main reason which led to the complete extinction of Christianity in Japan by 1638 were the government's intentions to excert absolute control over its people. This would not have been possible with the interference of an aggressive and intolerant foreign religion like Christianity of that time.

In 1873 after the Meiji restoration, freedom of religion was promulgated, and especially since World War II the number of Japanese Christians is slowly increasing again.
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