Religion and Civil Society in Contemporary Japan

  title={Religion and Civil Society in Contemporary Japan},
  author={Helen Hardacre},
  journal={Japanese Journal of Religious Studies},
  • H. Hardacre
  • Published 1 November 2004
  • Sociology
  • Japanese Journal of Religious Studies
This essay examines the applicability of the concept of civil society to contemporary Japanese religions. The first section discusses the concept of civil society, addressing the potential advantages and pitfalls of considering religious organizations alongside civil society organizations. The second section addresses issues in the history of Japanese civil society and religion. Subsequent sections present the results of an attempt to align the founding of a variety of religious organizations… 
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