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belief, and out of the 49,588,227 Japanese 15,868,927 are Shintos, 20,966,274 are Buddhists and 171,264 are Christians, nearly 40,000 of whom are in Nagasaki and Tokio. Protestants number 75,608 with 931 missionaries and 563 native ministers ; Roman Catholics number 64,118 members with 319 missionaries and 34 native ministers ; and the Eastern Orthodox Church has 31,538 members, with 2 missionaries and 38 native ministers. In a letter written to the Japan Times (November 6th, 1912) a Japanese, who signs himself J. Suzaki, says that the want of greater progress is due to inefficient missionariesa("You cannot lead the Japanese to God by the Bble-says-so system")aand to their neglect of converts ; to the want of the missionary spirit among Christians, to marriage customs and the lack of concentration, constancy, etc., on the part of the Japanese ; and to their too great eagerness to drink the cup of material civilisation. "To most the question as to whether there is a life beyond the grave does not matter ; most of them will be satisfied if they have plenty to eat and drink. To convert such people Heart and soul is certainly a tremendous task." But the well-known Count Okuma has said: "When I look round the world I can see no religion better suited to the needs of my country than Christianity." To this I hope to revert also.*
I have just discovered from newspapers on board ship that I ran two other risks in addition to the one at Ojigoku, where it was a wonder that I was not precipitated into a boiling caldron under the thin crust of
* See page 245.* See page 245.