Christian Persecution In Japan

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Christian Persecution in Tokugawa, Japan

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Introduction
Japan, as a country in the Far East, has had a mixture of history, especially when it comes on the way it diplomatically interacts with the rest of the world. At some point it has been identified as a friend of the west, whereas at some other point it has presented herself as an enemy of the same. A good example of historical events, which present Japan as a controversial country in a global platform is the introduction and persecution in the early days and the launch of the nuclear bomb on Japanese productive highlands. For the purpose of this research paper, it focuses on the analysis of Christian persecution in Japan. The analysis is approached
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Though they came with the Gospel to the Japanese lands, they also brought the high tech weaponry used in Europe by then. The trade between Japan and Europe intensified and in those relations Christianity also enjoyed fast growth and success. However, the influence Christianity was having among the local residents, who were mostly peasant farmers, was alarming across the entire country and the local officials began developing a bad mood toward this new faith and became intolerant of it.
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Though persecution of Christianity was widely spread out in the whole of early Japan, the real plight of Christians began in 1614 when Shogunate was formed. However it was until the rise of Tokugawa Ieyasu into power, when the persecution intensified for Christians. This was because the European influence through Christianity was intensifying and Tokugawa had some information about the conflict existing in Europe between the Catholics and Protestants.
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The predecessor of Tokugawa Ieyasu resented the missionaries, but had to do business with them. This made him tolerate the actions of missionaries and Christianity. However, his successor, Tokugawa Ieyasu did not entertain the Portuguese and Spanish missionaries. The same was with his son, Tokugawa Hitetada. Both drove away Christian missioners and barred business among them and Europe, except for the Dutch who agreed to the terms of Tokugawa’s Empire. This caused the Japanese to focus on being self reliant. After the government firmly ensured control of religion was in her hands, she forced the peasant farmers to work diligent and hard. The peasant farmers were supposed to use anything with their reach to do their work and this included using their feces as manure. The best of the best produce was meant to be sold to the

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