Monday, Apr. 21, 1941
“Japan is sending its No. 1 churchman, Bishop Yoshimune Abe, and its No. 1 Christian, trachoma-cured Toyohiko Kagawa, to a peace parley with U.S. church leaders at Riverside, Calif, next week. Its purpose as stated by the Japanese: “Prayer and to explore ways to preserve peace between Japan and the United States.”
The part of the article I was interested in in particular was the last paragraph.
“Two subjects not likely to be aired are Bishop Abe’s practice of worshiping at the Shinto Shrine at Ise and the decision of the Government-inspired church union to modify the Apostles’ Creed as suggested by the Ministry of Education. Some of the deletions: the Virgin Birth because it was “immoral,” the Resurrection because it was “unscientific and superstitious,” the Last Judgment because it implied that the Emperor could be judged.“