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Toyohiko Kagawa

1888-1960. Japanese Christian leader. Born at Kobe, he was an illegitimate child of a wealthy cabinet minister and a geisha; yet his father took a liking to him and formally adopted him, but both his parents died before he was five. His childhood in the ancestral home was filled with bitter loneliness and tragedy, but when he was at school in Shikoku the first ray of hope and love entered his life through the friendship of a Japanese Christian teacher and two missionaries. His conversion at fifteen brought disinheritance from his family, but an overpowering experience of the love of Christ moved him to dedicate his life to serve the destitute in the slums. In his second year at the Presbyterian College in Tokyo he was stricken with tuberculosis, and all but succumbed. The appalling conditions of prostitution, poverty, and exploitation impelled him to his God-given mission, and despite poor health he entered Kobe Theological Seminary, soon to exchange his living quarters for the city's