Michael Hoffman’s The Living Past article on Dec. 20, titled “Christian missionaries find Japan a tough nut to crack,” gives a well-researched history of Japan’s first encounter with the Christian faith 400 to 500 years ago, but says little of what has been happening since then. There is much to be encouraged by in Japan in the 21st century.

People are coming to understand that the very essence of Christianity is a relationship — something the Japanese value highly. People are realizing that the choices they make are key: Do you spend your time investing in relationships with family, friends, colleagues and those in need, or waste it on pachinko, porn, materialism, etc.

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