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Faking Liberties: Religious Freedom in American-Occupied Japan

Jolyon Baraka Thomas


Americans occupying Japan at the close of World War II claimed to be bringing religious freedom to a country where it did not exist. They described Japan’s 1889 constitutional guarantee of religious freedom as false, and they claimed to be implanting “real religious freedom” in its stead. But in making such claims, the occupiers overlooked inconvenient historical facts. This book shows that Japanese people were involved in a robust debate about religious liberty for decades before the occupation began, and it demonstrates that the American occupiers were far less certain about how to define an ... More

Keywords: religious freedom, occupation, human rights, Shintō, religious studies, new religions, Buddhism, State Shintō

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780226618791
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2019 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226618968.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jolyon Baraka Thomas, author
University of Pennsylvania