Fred Korematsu: The Civil Rights Hero You Never Knew

Fred Korematsu: The Civil Rights Hero You Never Knew

While not exactly a household name, Fred T. Korematsu (born 100 years ago today, on Jan. 30, 1919) is becoming increasingly recognized as the civil rights hero he was. Kakusaburo Korematsu emigrated from Japan to California in 1905. In 1914, a young woman named Kotsui...

How Japanese Christianity Was Destroyed “ Part 2

Japanese Christians were in a weaker position at the end of the 16th century than most realized, even though 250 churches had been established in the nation between 1549 and 1582. From multiple sources, Japanese authorities were receiving alarming signals about what...

How Japanese Christianity Was Destroyed “ Part 1

This year marks a singularly grim anniversary in Christian history. In 2014, it is exactly 400 years since the start of the horrific persecution that destroyed the once flourishing church in Japan. When we think of persecutions on this scale, we normally tend to set...

The Horror of Hiroshima Told Through Graphic Novel

Today is the 68th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. Six-year-old Keiji Nakazawa was on his way to school in Hiroshima when the bomb exploded at 8:15 on that hot August morning in 1945. Even though his father, older sister and younger brother all were...

Japan’s Devastation Simply Too Great for Words

The enduring image of the Japanese earthquake and the tsunami that followed – not including the real possibility of a nuclear catastrophe – may be the acres of devastation left by the great wave. Houses, cars, boats, trains. All the apparatus of ordinary existence are...