Japan: 99 percent of asylum seekers rejected
Please refresh the page and retry. Though the spectre of coronavirus has put a dampener on anticipation somewhat, the Japanese government is still confident as many as 40 million tourists will descend upon the nation for the events. The Olympic committee for Tokyo is acutely aware of the health crisis in the region, but says "counter measures against infectious diseases constitute an important part of our plans to host a safe and secure games".
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Kakure Kirishitans are called the "hidden" Christians because they continued to practice Christianity in secret. They worshipped in secret rooms in private homes. The Bible and other parts of the liturgy were passed down orally, because printed works could be confiscated by authorities. In some cases, the communities drifted away from Christian teachings. They lost the meaning of the prayers and their religion became a version of the cult of ancestors , in which the ancestors happened to be their Christian martyrs. Approximately 30, secret Christians, some of whom had adopted these new ways of practicing Christianity, came out of hiding when religious freedom was re-established in after the Meiji Restoration. The majority of Kakure Kirishitan rejoined the Catholic Church after renouncing unorthodox, syncretic practices. Following the legalization of Christianity and secularization of Japan, many Hanare Kirishitan lineages ended abruptly. Traditionally, boys learned the rituals and prayers from their fathers; when boys were uninterested or moved away from their homes, no one was left to continue the lineage. For a while, Hanare Kirishitans were thought to have died out entirely because of the secretive nature of their practices.
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