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American Evangelists and Tuberculosis in Modern Japan$
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Elisheva A. Perelman

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9789888528141

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888528141.001.0001

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“The Soldiers Must Have the Real Fighting Spirit”

“The Soldiers Must Have the Real Fighting Spirit”

The Salvation Army

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American Evangelists and Tuberculosis in Modern Japan

Elisheva A. Perelman

Hong Kong University Press

This section turns to the Protestant nondenominational organization which soon followed on the heels of the Y.M.C.A., The Salvation Army. Following a brief history of The Army and its work in England, the chapter looks at the arrival of the organization in Japan. In both England and in Japan, The Salvation Army emphasized the urban population that the Y.M.C.A. had overlooked, including subaltern issues of poverty, illness, and prostitution. In addition, The Army employed its history of devotion to divine healing or theotherapy in Japan. However, it also built a handful of hospitals to minister to the urban poor, carving out a niche among those the Y.M.C.A. had presumably forsaken. In doing so, The Salvation Army’s moral enterprise actually had a few means of assisting the victims of tuberculosis, although most of those assisted were male.

Keywords:   Salvation Army, Prostitution, Theotherapy, Hospital

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