Takagi points out that contemporary written Japanese was not fully embraced until after World War II, and that "writing in the contemporary style with grace and dignity would have been a difficult task even in the 1950s." It wasn't until the third edition of the Japanese Book of Mormon, published in 1995, that a "full colloquial style translation" was made available.
A second translation, published in 1957, was made by Tatsui Sato, whose family was the first to be baptized in the country following the 1924 closure of the Japanese mission.
Sources: "Proclaiming the Way in Japanese," Shinji Takagi, Journal of the Book of Mormon and Other Restoration Scripture, Maxwell Institute; "Alma O. Taylor," Jeffrey S. Hardy, Mormon Missionary Diaries, BYU Harold B. Lee Library; "A Priceless Pearl: Alma O. Taylor's Mission to Japan," Reid L. Neilson, Ensign, June 2002; "Boyd K. Packer: A Watchman on the Tower," Lucile C. Tate, Bookcraft
Aaron Shill is the editor of Features and Mormon Times at the Deseret News.
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