I just learned about Toyohiko Kagawa today and am captivated by his story. He was born in Kobe Japan July 10th 1888 and died April 23rd 1960. He is well known for being a Japanese pacifist, a labour activist, and a Christian reformer. I was very surprised to learn of his Christian background. Kagawa wrote, spoke, and worked at length on ways to employ Christian principles in the ordering of society. His vocation to help the poor led him to live among them as he established schools, hospitals, and churches.
He was imprisoned in 1921 and again in 1922 for his labor activism but still managed to assisted in bringing universal adult male suffrage to Japan in 1925, as well as organized the Japanese Federation of Labour and the National Anti-War League in 1928. Throughout this period, he continued to evangelize to Japan’s poor and push for women’s suffrage and a peaceful foreign policy.
God used this man in Japan to bring about tremendous change and I look forward to bringing you more about his life and faith as I study him more in depth. The following documentary were done by the Al Jazeera English Broadcast last December on the homeless problems facing Osaka and those striving to assist them who follow in Kagawa’s legacy.
The Al Jazeera announcer mistakenly claims that the issue is ignored by Japanese media, it is more that the issue is barely known abroad.