Politics and Religion in Modern Japan: Red Sun, White Lotus

Hardcover | September 15, 2011

EditorRoy Starrs

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Politics and Religion in Modern Japan addresses crucial religious, socio-political and cultural issues raised by the troubled relationship between religion and the Japanese state from the mid-nineteenth century until the present day. It analyzes political dynamics of both of the two major Japanese religious traditions: the 'red sun' of national Shinto as well as the 'white lotus' of Buddhism. From a richly diverse range of disciplinary perspectives, the authors illuminate the overall history of modern Japanese political religion, while also focusing in depth on certain key moments and issues: the Meiji Restoration, the fascist 1930s, the postwar age of new religions, the Yasukuni Shrine controversy, and two major incidents of religiopolitical violence in late twentieth century Japan. The work will appeal to students and scholars of Japanese politics, religion, history, literature, and culture, as well as to anyone interested in the currently pressing topic of the relation between politics and religion in the modern world.

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Politics and Religion in Modern Japan addresses crucial religious, socio-political and cultural issues raised by the troubled relationship between religion and the Japanese state from the mid-nineteenth century until the present day. It analyzes political dynamics of both of the two major Japanese religious traditions: the 'red sun' of...

ROY STARRS teaches Japanese and Asian Studies at the University of Otago, New Zealand. He has published widely on Japanese literature, art and culture, including books on Yukio Mishima, Yasunari Kawabata and Naoya Shiga. He has also edited three books on Japanese and Asian nationalism and globalization. His latest book, Modernism and ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 9.66 × 5.65 × 1.08 inPublished:September 15, 2011Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230240739

ISBN - 13:9780230240735

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Table of Contents

Introduction; R.Starrs
Sada Kaiseki: An Alternative Discourse on Buddhism, Modernity, and Nationalism in the Early Meiji Period; F.Rambelli
Shinto and the Meiji Restoration, 1853-1872; Y.Zhong
The Mikado's August Body: 'Divinity' and 'Corporeality' of the Meiji Emperor and the Ideological Construction of Imperial Rule; K.H.Kim
Carry the Buddha out into the Street!: A Sliver of Resistance to Japanese Militarism; B.Victoria
Conversion in Interwar Japan; A.Tansman
A Naked Public Square? Religion and Politics in Imperial Japan; K.Doak
'The Gakkai is Faith; the Komeito is Action:' Soka Gakkai and 'Buddhist politics'; E.Baffelli
From Mishima to Aum: Religio-political Violence in Late Twentieth-Century Japan; R.Starrs
Voices of Rage: A Critical Approach to the Problem of Yasukuni; J.Breen