Japanese are the best people that yet to be

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Japanese are the best people that yet to be discovered, so highly civilized that they surpassed all other races in the world (most ready for receiving Christianity conversion) o Missionaries exaggerated similarities between Buddhism and Catholicism Virgin Mary was depicted similar to Kannon o Dramatic early success of conversion Backlash and Persecution o 1597 – Hideyoshi’s band Christnity Crucified Christians o Ieysu Tokugawa’s persecution and expulsion of Christians Edict of 1633 Seclusion act, no Japanese person are allowed to leave japan, or no other foreigners were allowed to come Attempt to wipe out Christianity completely Execution of Portuguese embassy from Macao in 1640 Tokugawa beheaded the entire group of Portuguese, spared 13 of them to go back to Macao, shows that the Japanese are not kidding about the seclusion of Christianity o Suppression of the Shimabara Revolt near Nagasaki in 1637 The “bataren” or “followers of the padres” Role of the Dutch gunships Why reversal of policy?
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o Fear of missionaries as vanguard of eventual Portuguese or Spanish colonization EG the San Felipe incident in 1597 o Fear of spreading social discontent and unrest o Division between missionaries themselves o Most irritating factor – meddling in politics and military affairs Eg of Gaspar Coelho The Jesuits in China
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