E.S. Krauss comments

Posted in: Shinto religion long entangled with Japan's politics – and Shinzo Abe was associated with many of its groups See in context

Really? The article uses a segue from the assassination in which the assassin was angry at the Unification Church, a Korean export that has absolutely NOTHING to do with Shinto! Shinto is like Christianity in the West—it is the “native” religion in a syncretist society in which Buddhism and Shintoism coexist and always have (as does Christianity since 1868). Yes, Shintoism was used by the Meiji and then the military governments to foment nationalism, but then Western leaders have used Christianity the same way. What the$%^&*( does Shintoism have to do with Abe’s assassination? Absolutely nothing!

Sincerely,

E.S. Krauss

Prof. Emeritus

UCSD

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