Editor says, what if christianity had not been outlawed in Japan? Please note that the opinions expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect the views of the author(s). This article is part of the Religion thread.
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Editor says, In our history, Oda Nobunaga never attained the rank of shogun. Instead, under the Tokugawa Shogunate, Christianity was outlawed and trade with the West reduced to a trickle; Western innovations such as firearms were abandoned. Not until Commodore Perry's gunboat expedition in 1855 would Japan be reopened to the West. Today, there are an estimated one million "Kirishitani" in Japan, most following an eccentric version of the faith evolved during the centuries of suppression, when Japanese could practice Christian worship only in secret. Editorial comments are entered in [light green] typeface.