East Asia’s Foreign Policy: How State Religion Shapes Policy

As I was reading the following two articles published in the Japan
Times yesterday, I was reflecting on the role that “state religions” or
cultural norms play in forming domestic and foreign policy between the
different Asian nations.

Back to the Future: Shinto’s Growing Influence on Politics

Re-engineering Shinto

As
the first article suggests, Japan’s new domestic policy (especially in
regards to education) is dictated through the idea that more Japanese
are responding that they feel worthless, than those in the US, South
Korea, or China. While Japan’s educational minister is justified in
saying “without changing that, "Japan has no future”, it is still up for
debate as to what this “worthlessness” is due to/what the solution
should be.

Originally published on ackwok.wordpress.com

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