As to the role of White missionaries in Japan, since WWII white(mostly North American) missionaries have had a big impact in Japan.
A recent example would be the boom in `Christian style` weddings. In
the cities a full 80% of all weddings are `chapel` weddings with a
premium being placed on `White` foreigners doing the service. It fits
the mystic which has been built partly by Hollywood and partly by
virtue of many Japanese traveling abroad.As far as the WT is concerned; currently very few missionaries play a role in the work
here.They did in the 50`s and 60`s, but from the 80`s on there was
a strong growth in numbers and even leadership positions were turned
over to Japanese bros.The head here in Japan is a man named Oda-san.
However,the indirect influence of `western culture` is still all to
very obvious in the WT.Everywhere from the photos of Americans plastered all over the literature to the style of dress and the methods of operations. For example, going door-to-door; while some
other religions do it, it is not at all a natural way of approaching
people in Japan.Most transactions of anything important take place
on a personal, `someone-you-can-trust` type of basis.The cold call to
someone`s home is exceedingly un-natural.The only reason it worked for
a time is that JWs were very persistent and forcibly built `trust`
relationships over time.Interestingly, that is no longer working here
now so the Kingdom Ministry is urging bros. to take advantage of
already existing relationships to get new studies going.
Another interesting topic raised was the similarities between the WT
and the Catholic Church. It has perhaps been touched on before, but is
worth another look sometime. JWD