Freitag, 13. Dezember 2019, 15:00 - 16:30 iCal

Neonationalism, Japanese Religions

and the Politics of Restoration

Mark R. Mullins (University of Auckland, Neuseeland)


Hörsaal C2 (HS) am Campus der Universität Wien
Spitalgasse 2-4 / Hof 2.6, 1090 Wien


Over the past half-century, the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and the Association of Shintō Shrines (Jinja Honchō) have been engaged in collaborative efforts to “recover” or “restore” what was destroyed by the process of imperialist secularization during the Allied Occupation of Japan. Since the disaster years (1995/2011), LDP Diet members and prime ministers have increased their support for the political agenda of Jinja Honchō, including legislation to restore patriotic education, promotion of Yasukuni Shrine, and constitutional revision. Since 1997, Nippon Kaigi (Japan Conference) has become an important new member of this religio-political coalition and supporter of the restorationist movement. Both religious and secular groups have emerged in opposition to these neonationalistic initiatives in an attempt to preserve the postwar gains in democratic institutions and pre-vent the erosion of individual rights.

Mark R. Mullins is Professor of Japanese Studies and Director of the Japan Studies Cen-tre, University of Auckland. Prior to this appointment, he taught in Japan for twenty-seven years at Meiji Gakuin University and Sophia University. He is the author and co-editor of a number of works including Christianity Made in Japan (1998) and Disasters and Social Crisis in Contemporary Japan (2016).


Institut für Ostasienwissenschaften/Japanologie und AAJ (Akademischer Arbeitskreis Japan)


Mag. Angela Kramer
Universität Wien
Institut für Ostasienwissenschaften - Japanologie