Hi again, Elder Ted Wilson.
Please read this before your departure from Japan.
It was 1979 when I was a med student, Yamagata University School
of Medicine, I observed the Sabbath which is 7th day of the week,
and it became the issue in the medical school because I did not
attend a class or an exam on Saturday. Academic dean finally
summoned my father all the way from Hokkaido. My non-christian
parents were upset. My father, was furious, met medical school
deans. After the meeting, he came to my apartment in the evening.
He was unexpectedly quiet. He said, “When I went to the medical
school, I met academic dean and whatever deans in there, but
among them, I met Professor Endo, who was a student dean.
Professor Endo said to me with tears in his eyes, ‘it is poignant
to see such a great student like your son unable to continue the
medical education because of such and such reason (Sabbath problem)’.
Don’t you understand how seriously Prof Endo think of you!?” I knew
Prof Endo. His class and exams had never done on Saturday, but, he
was so deeply concerned of me while a liberal local church pastor
did not care. I was impressed. Next morning, he quietly left my
apartment for Hokkaido with no anger. I saw off his back without
Several years had passed. After I departed Japan, I reentered
into a medical school (Loma Linda University). On the final year,
I revisited Yamagata with my wife for some thought. Because of
the incidence above, I felt obliged to meet Professor Endo again
and thank him. He was so glad to meet me again there as if I was
part of his family! At that moment, Professor Endo surprised me
by saying this, “To tell you the truth, I thought about the
Saturday issue over after you departed our medical school.
Then, I finally concluded that it should be more beneficial for
our school system and students if our medical school made both
Saturday and Sunday off. So I did this after multiple painstaking
negotiations with Government Health Ministry. We became the first
medical school in Japan to make both Saturday and Sunday off. So
feel free to come back to us anytime.” I was not sure how serious
he was when he told me I could come back. But it did not sound
like he was kidding me. I told Professor Endo that since I’ve
gone this far as to study abroad, I had no intention of coming
back. He smiled at me. Soon after the change, Yamagata University
became famous for the highest passing rate in Japanese Medical
National Board Examination. After all, Prof. Endo and his entire
medical school also became partakers of the benefits of the
blessings that the Sabbath gives.
A few years later, I heard an obituary of Prof. Endo. It was
like news of my parents’ death.
Retrospectively, if I would have gone back to Yamagata when
he told me I could return, I would have returned to be a
medical student/resident in Yamagata University once again
and I would have been practising in Japan ever since.
Subsequently, I overcame several more hard times and now I
became a neurologist and an epileptologist. Although I did
not return to the medical school which Prof. Endo invited
blessing by making the Sabbath day a rest, my heart remained
with him even now. I wished I could see him again.
(嵯峨野教会牧師) What does this testimony mean to you?
This means that a secular medical school suddenly became a partaker of the promise of Sabbath
blessing in Isaiah 58:13, 14 by changing their mind and following Sabbath principle, while SDA
Japan Conference didn't.