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Notes From The Field

Episode 5 - Japan: A Christian Nation?

Season 1, Ep. 5

In the aftermath of WWII, Japan lay in ruins. General MacArthur was tasked with helping rebuild the country. During a conversation with Emperor Hirohito, MacArthur was offered the chance of a lifetime. In this episode, I talk about that opportunity, and reflect a bit on what it would have meant for the country, as well as what it can teach us today.

Research References:

Harry Fox, "God's Unconditional Commitment To Us"

"General Told Of Barring Offer To Create A Christian Japan"


"Remaking Of The Orient":

"MacArthur Encouraged Religion In Postwar Japan"

Joyce Kilmer, "Trees"

Yasuo Furuya, "Postwar Protestant Missionary Work In Japan"

Lawrence Wittner, "MacArthur And The Missionaries: God And Man In Occupied Japan"

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