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URBAN & RURAL LIFE

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THE JAPANESE FAMILY

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EDUCATION & WORK

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JAPANESE SOCIETY

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POPULAR CULTURE

 
CONTEMPORARY JAPAN:
RELIGIONS

Christianity
In addition to the traditional religions of Shinto and Buddhism, Japan is also home to more than 600 “new religions” (shinko shukyo), which incorporate Buddhist, Shinto, and Christian elements. In this video series, Harvard University professors Theodore Bestor and Helen Hardacre discuss the impact of religious values and traditions on Japanese life.

Helen Hardacre :: The number of Christians in Japan has never exceeded about one percent of the population. However, during the Meiji period (1868-1912), Japanese Christianity was highly influential in promoting women’s education and promoting the abolition of prostitution. Therefore, its social influence is much greater than the numbers of its members might suggest. This continues to be true in Japan today. There are many branches of Christianity represented there, including the Greek Orthodox Church, the Catholic Church, many Protestant denominations, as well as Evangelical Christianity and Christian new religions.