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Religious Studies In Post-War Japan

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The Japanese association, founded in May 1930 at the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the chair at the University of Tokyo, organised a large-scale symposium aimed at reviewing the achievements of religious studies in Japan during the last hundred years as a major program of its 63rd annual convention in September 2004. At the same time, some parts of this symposium were rephrased and incorporated into the academic program of the International Association for the History of Religions (IAHR) World Congress in the form of two organised panels, entitled 'The Study of Religion in Japan', held in Japanese. This chapter describes the background of religious studies in Japan in the post-war period. From a contemporary point of view, World War II clearly was a turning point in world history; probably no one will disagree as to the relevance of this judgement.

Keywords: IAHR World Congress; Japanese association; post-war period; University of Tokyo; World War II



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