Separation of Religion & State - in Japan

February 16, 2010

February 16, 2010

Roughly four weeks ago (Jan 20th) Japan's Supreme Court ruled for only the fifth time in its history on a case that called into question Japan's constitutional separation of religion and state. More specifically, the decision is only "the second time the court has ruled that a public body's actions violated the principle." More details can be found in the Japan Times article titled "Religious sites on public land"

The issue in question involved the "longtime practice of letting a Shinto shrine use a city-owned plot of land without charge." This story may be especially useful for GBS 331 students, as it seems to stand directly at the cross-roads of Shinto conceptions of the land and post-WWII Japanese governmental polity. Fruit for an "Asian News Analysis"...?

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