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Meiji at 150

Meiji at 150 Podcast, Episode 092, Dr. Junichi Isomae (International Research Center for Japanese Studies) Isomae, Junichi; Grunow, Tristan


In this episode, Dr. Isomae charts the changing importance and role of religion in Japanese society following the Meiji Restoration, tracing the emergence of public and private spheres influenced by the introduction of Protestantism. We discuss the dichotomy of belief and practice in the context of popular support for prewar State Shinto and the continuing sacredotal roles of the emperor system, the prevalence of religious rituals and customs in Japanese society, and the popularity of new religions in Japan today.

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