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American Evangelists and Tuberculosis in Modern Japan

Elisheva A. Perelman


The tuberculosis epidemic of Meiji and Taishō helped to define the relationship between Japan’s government and the foreign, Protestant nondenominational evangelist organizations and individuals who had recently arrived on the archipelago. For those willing to undertake medical missionary work, particularly concerning public health issues that the government chose to ignore, tuberculosis could have provided an arena in which to prove both utility to the nation and enthusiasm for Japan’s industrial modernization, a moral enterprise. Yet theirs was also a utilitarian mission—more converts would m ... More

Keywords: Japan, Tuberculosis, Protestant evangelists, Moral enterprise, The Y.M.C.A, The Salvation Army, Medical missionary

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9789888528141
Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2020 DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789888528141.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Elisheva A. Perelman, author
College of Saint Benedict/Saint John's University