How was Christianity introduced to Japan?
Christianity was introduced to Japan by Roman Catholic Jesuit missionaries who arrived in Kagoshima in 1549, led by Francis Xavier. By 1579, six regional war lords and approximately 100,000 of their subjects had converted to Christianity.
Is there freedom of religion in Japan?
The constitution guarantees freedom of religion and requires the state to refrain from religious education or any other religious activity. It prohibits religious organizations from exercising any political authority or receiving privileges from the state.
What do Japanese think about Christianity?
Generally, the Japanese view Christianity as a foreign, western religion. Reader (1993) stated that Christianity is still rather alien to most Japanese. That is why Japanese Christians often feel it hard to reconcile their belief in Christianity with their own cultural traditions.
Did St Francis Xavier go to Japan?
Francis Xavier reached Japan on 27 July 1549, with Anjiro and three other Jesuits, but he was not permitted to enter any port his ship arrived at until 15 August, when he went ashore at Kagoshima, the principal port of Satsuma Province on the island of Kyūshū.