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Religion and Politics in the Aftermath of the Abe Assassination
The assassination of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has shocked Japan in many ways. It may forever change not only how politicians campaign, but how religious groups can operate and exert influence. Almost half of LDP politicians have been shown to have ties to the Unification Church, some of which are “substantial,” has triggered a new debate about the relation between politics and religion. But such impact by religious groups is not new. Not only have there been multiple scandals in the past, but of course one of Japan’s ruling parties, Komeito, is closely tied to a religion. Join Levi McLaughlin, a leading expert on this very topic, to discuss the religion-politics nexus in Japan, and what may change going forward.

• Levi McLaughlin, Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, North Carolina State University
• Ulrike Schaede, Professor and Director of the Japan Forum for Innovation and Technology, GPS UC San Diego
This Japan Zoominar @ UC San Diego is organized by the Japan Forum for Innovation and Technology (JFIT) at the UC San Diego School of Global Policy and Strategy. For more information on JFIT activities, as well as recordings of previous Japan Zoominars, please visit jfit.ucsd.edu.

Sep 27, 2022 04:00 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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