Excerpt from The Japan Christian Yearbook, 1961 It is a joy for the editor and the members of the editorial board to present to the public again another volume of the Japan Christian Year Book. It is also a sacred duty for the editor to express his sincere appreciation for the hearty cooperation and help rendered by Christian friends in this country. Different as they may be in their theological, political and social points of view, they are all uhited in trying to describe the events and affairs, religious and otherwise, as objectively and impartially as possible. It is hoped that the articles in this volume will contribute much to the proper understanding and appreciation of Christianity in present day Japan. This year may seem to be a less eventful than the years of the Protestant Centenary (1959) and the World Convention of Christian Education Nevertheless, this has been an eventful year. The significance of the several events must be properly appraised. Mr. Muto is an excellent writ er who gives an unprejudiced observation on social affairs from a Christian point of View. Dr. Kuwada's article on religious freedom will throw much light on our understand ing of the shinto-shrine problem in this country. It is an article worth perusal. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.