Religion: Nyuzu for Japan

The standard Protestant Japanese version of the Bible, like many in other languages, is so weighed down with archaic language that some sections make sense only to scholars. Last week a new translation of the New Testament went on sale, advertised to make the Bible understandable "in a train, bus or streetcar." The translator: the Rev. Tomio Muto, a Presbyterian minister and a former Tokyo judge, who was one of Tojo's leading propaganda writers during World War II.

Although converted to Christianity in 1929, Presbyterian Muto, 48, did not begin to practice his religion seriously until after World War II. Shaken by...

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