Religious education reform under the US military occupation: The interpretation of state Shinto in Japan and Nazism in Germany

  title={Religious education reform under the US military occupation: The interpretation of state Shinto in Japan and Nazism in Germany},
  author={Masako Shibata *},
  journal={Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education},
  pages={425 - 442}
  • Masako Shibata *
  • Published 1 September 2004
  • Sociology
  • Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education
This article discusses the treatment of religion in Japanese education in the post‐World War Two period. During the Allied Military Occupation, Japan adopted the principle of the separation of state and religion as a means to democratize the totalitarian, ethno‐nationalistic education system of pre‐1945. The case of Germany is also dealt with here for a comparison to explore how the similar purpose fitted in with the reform debates on the German education system during the Occupation. The… 


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