The subject of Religion and National Identity in the Japanese Context focuses upon the relationship between religion and socio-cultural or socio-political aspects in the history of religions in Japan.
Religious and ideological justifications in the course of forming a political and national identity, and the mutual relation between political, national and cultural issues can be noticed in every region of the world before the onset of secularization processes, but also in modern nation-states today. In Japan as well, just like in most modern societies, political, cultural and religious elements are closely interrelated. In a comparative approach the sixteen papers in this volume elucidate the intellectual undercurrent in Japanese history of putting positive perspectives on national achievements and cultural-religious uniqueness into service of establishing and refurbishing a national identity.
Klaus Antoni ist Professor für Japanologie an der Universität Tübingen.