Historical document details martyrdom of Japanese Christian retainers 400 years ago

(Kumamoto University) Many missionaries and Japanese believers were martyred during the Japanese suppression of Christianity in the 16th and 17th centuries. The martyrdom of Diego Hayato Kagayama, a chief vassal of the Hosokawa family, and banishment of Genya Ogasawara for religious believes was previously only known from reports to Rome by Jesuit missionaries. Now, a primary historical document written by Hosokawa family officials has clarified the authenticity and limitations of the missionaries’ documents.Read More