Japanese Religious Responses to COVID-19: A Preliminary Report

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Title: Japanese Religious Responses to COVID-19: A Preliminary Report
Author: McLaughlin, Levi
Abstract: As the novel coronavirus swept Japan, religious practitioners of all types responded. This article provides an overview of early-stage reactions by individuals and organizations affiliated with Buddhism, Shinto, New Religions, and other religious traditions in Japan. It features interviews with Japanese clergy and lay followers who contended with social distancing and more dire consequences of COVID-19, and it contextualizes their responses within media coverage, sectarian sources, and historical research. As it highlights trends in religious reactions to the coronavirus, such as a divide between policies enacted by “new” and “traditional” groups, the article discusses reasons for contrasting responses and points to dilemmas that will face Japan’s religious organizations after the pandemic subsides.
Description: Available also on the journal's website at https://apjjf.org/2020/9/McLaughlin.html
Publisher: Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus
Date: 2020-05-01
Series/Report No.: ;5394
Citation: McLaughlin, Levi. “Japanese Religious Responses to COVID-19: A Preliminary Report.” Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus 18, no. 9 (May 1, 2020): 1–23.
URI: https://www.lib.ncsu.edu/resolver/1840.20/37530


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