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Globalization and religion: The cases of Japan and Korea

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This chapter focuses on two questions: first, the effect of changes in information technology in Japan and Korea; and then, how the rapid progress of the information age has brought about borderless phenomena-one of the main characteristics of the globalization process, in every aspect of religion in the region. The progress of information technology has also created many opportunities for promoting awareness in people of other and quite different cultures and life-worlds. The chapter explains the recent history of media development in both Japan and Korea in order to discuss the influence of globalization on religious phenomena in the two nations. It first looks at examples of positive responses by religious groups, analyzing general tendencies among them, and then at how the spread of the Internet as a full-scale global information network has influenced them in Japan and Korea.

Keywords: globalization; information technology; Japan; Korea; religious movements



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