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Yorifumi Yaguchi: professor, poet, and Japanese Mennonite leader was born 1 November 1935 in Miyagi Prefecture. As a churchman, he was leader of the Sapporo Shalom house church, a member of the Hokkaido Conference Peace Committee (Nihon Menonaito Kirisuto Kyokai Kyogikai), and secretary of the Asia Mennonite Conference. He aimed to build a vital small-scale church, in which every member took a positive role in its activities, and whose vocation was to offer the biblical alternative of shalom and justice to contemporary society.

As a poet, he had published eight books by 1988 and had translated several others, including a collection of Ralph Buckwalter's poems. His poetry reflects a strong biblical motif, especially that of the prophets. As a scholar, he taught literature and Bible at Hokusei Gakuen College in Sapporo. He held degrees from Tohoku-Gakuin University, International Christian University, and Goshen Biblical Seminary (1962-1965). He was a visiting scholar at the State University of New York in Buffalo in 1977. He wrote numerous articles on poetry and Anabaptism. He is married to Mitsuko Mori; they have two sons.

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Yaguchi, Yorifumi. How To Eat Loaches. Dumaguete City, Philippines: S.n., 1984.

Janzen, Jean, David Waltner-Toews and Yorifumi Yaguchi. Three Mennonite Poets. Intercourse, PA: Good Books, 1986.

Mennonite Weekly Review (6 August 1987): 12.

Author(s) Kazuko Kanaya
Date Published 1989

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Kanaya, Kazuko. "Yaguchi, Yorifumi (b. 1935)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1989. Web. 21 Oct 2016.,_Yorifumi_(b._1935)&oldid=78892.

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Kanaya, Kazuko. (1989). Yaguchi, Yorifumi (b. 1935). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 21 October 2016, from,_Yorifumi_(b._1935)&oldid=78892.

Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Kitchener, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 5, p. 949. All rights reserved.

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