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Last Updated on May 11, 2015, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 103

Throughout his career as a Japanese Christian writer, Shsaku End sought to resolve and reconcile several conflicts: the conflict between his adopted religion and his profession; the conflict between his Christian responsibility to look for the potential for salvation in humankind and his belief that, as a writer, he must treat his observations of human nature honestly; the conflict between working in a culture not conducive to writing about the relationship between God and humankind and being true to exploring that relationship as a writer; the conflict between humankind’s surface manifestations and its inner self; and the conflict between East and West.

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