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Paul Rusch in Postwar Japan: Evangelism, Rural Development, and the Battle against Communism

Andrew T. McDonald and Verlaine Stoner McDonald


This book describes the remarkable life of Paul Rusch, a Kentuckian who went to Japan after the Great Kanto Earthquake. Rusch embarked on an unlikely journey from a YMCA worker to college instructor, missionary, prisoner of war, and military intelligence officer, ultimately founding Seisen-Ryo lodge and the Kiyosato Educational Experiment Project (KEEP) in Kiyosato, Japan. Through KEEP, Rusch introduced new agricultural methods and technology to highland Japan, endeavoring to help feed an impoverished region in the postwar era. Credited with introducing American-style football to Japan, Rusch ... More

Keywords: World War II, Kentucky, missionary, Paul Rusch, agriculture, football, Japan, Communism, Occupation, Hirohito

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780813176079
Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: May 2019 DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813176079.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andrew T. McDonald, author

Verlaine Stoner McDonald, author
Berea College