When Americans occupied Japan at the end of WWII, they claimed that Japanese religion was a political problem and declared religious freedom a solution. But in doing so, the occupiers ignored a long history of debate about religious freedom in Japan. Their narrative also masked competing interpretations among Americans themselves about was religion was and how it could be freed. This talk traces the lasting consequences of those debates, both for Japan and the world.
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Earlier Event: April 9Duncan Williams, "American Sutra"
Later Event: April 23Faking Liberties: Buddhists and Religious Freedom in Pre- and Postwar Japan