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Paul Rusch in Postwar JapanEvangelism, Rural Development, and the Battle against Communism$
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Andrew T. McDonald and Verlaine Stoner McDonald

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780813176079

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813176079.001.0001

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Crusade for Peace

Crusade for Peace

(p.44) 2 Crusade for Peace
Paul Rusch in Postwar Japan

Andrew T. McDonald

Verlaine Stoner McDonald

University Press of Kentucky

Chapter 2 describes how Paul Rusch, in the face of rising militarism in Japan and increasing anti-Japanese sentiment in America, held fast to his belief that war could be averted through prayer and promoting Christianity in Japan. Despite a growing anti-Western movement in Japan, Rusch worked to establish Seisen-Ryo, a Christian training camp near Kiyosato. With the patronage of the heiress Miki Sawada, with whom it is rumored Rusch had a romantic relationship, Rusch managed to complete his task despite formidable obstacles. Rusch ran afoul of the American church mission when he took a propaganda tour of Japanese-occupied areas of China and Manchuria. Rusch was labeled an apologist for Japan’s expansionist policies, drawing criticism and ridicule from the press. U.S. Ambassador to Japan Joseph Grew tried to warn Rusch against being an advocate for Japan, but Rusch publicly maintained the United States did not understand Japan’s intentions. Later, when the Episcopal Church withdrew its entire missionary delegation from Japan, Rusch defiantly stayed in Tokyo. Days after Pearl Harbor was attacked, Rusch and many of his friends were arrested by Japanese police.

Keywords:   Christianity, militarism, Japan, Miki Sawada, Pearl Harbor, Seisen-Ryo, Paul Rusch, Episcopal Church

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