Church News reports that Yotaro Yoshino and Toshio Murakami are the first Japanese missionaries to be called from their homeland. Both are converts whose non-LDS parents have agreed to support them financially while proselytizing. These are the first native-born Asian missionaries of the LDS church, and not until December 1963 are there Chinese missionaries from Hong Kong.
[The Mormon Hierarchy - Extensions of Power by D. Michael Quinn, [New Mormon History database (http://bit.ly/NMHdatabase)]]
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