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Anjirō (アンジロー?) or Yajirō (ヤジロー, ヤジロウ?), later known as Paulo de Santa Fé, was a Japanese interpreter from Satsuma Province. After committing a murder, he fled to Portuguese Malacca alongside adventurer and writer Fernão Mendes Pinto. In Malacca he sought out Saint Francis Xavier (1506–1552) and returned to Japan with him as an interpreter.[1] Along with Xavier, Anjirō returned to Japan with two other Jesuits, two Japanese companions, and a Chinese companion who had been baptized to Catholicism to form the first Jesuit mission to Japan.[1]

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  • Cabezas, Antonio (1995): The Iberian century Japan. The Spanish-Portuguese presence in Japan (1543-1643). Valladolid: Secretariat Publications, University of Valladolid. ISBN 84-7762-452-6.


  1. ^ a b Moffett, Samuel Hugh (2005). A History of Christianity in Asia vol. 2. Maryknoll, New York: Orbis Books. pp. 69–70. ISBN 978-1-57075-701-3. 

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