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In my own experience, people in Japan seem so completely and totally ignorant of any coherent form of religion that it is a complete non-presence in society.

As in, people are aware that there are monks and temples, but not really sure why, and they don't care.  It's common to be against killing bugs, but totally okay with eating meat, and totally unaware of the religious origin of their aversion.

Even those who are seriously into traditional festivals and ceremonies view them more as a hobby, something to do, than in any way that is recognizably religious.

by Zwackus on Fri Sep 7th, 2012 at 10:06:31 PM EST
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I think, a kind of faith is necessary in Japan when you want to climb the social ladder. Then you have to respect and trust a lot. This subtler kind of social control (typical for India perhaps as well) is being copied in the West nowadays at large, apparently.
by das monde on Sun Sep 9th, 2012 at 11:44:18 AM EST
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