Imperialist Secularization and the Fate of Religion in Occupied Japan

Some Preliminary Findings from Archival Research
Tuesday, Nov 18, 2014 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm

By Mark Mullins, Professor of Japanese Studies / Director Japan Studies Center, University of Auckland

Mark R. Mullins is Professor of Japanese Studies and Director of the New Zealand Asia Institute’s Japan Studies Centre at the University of Auckland. Prior to this appointment, he was engaged in academic work in Japan for twenty-seven years and taught at Shikoku Gakuin University, Meiji Gakuin University, and Sophia University, where he also served a three-year term as editor of Monumenta Nipponica. He completed his postgraduate studies in the sociology of religion and East Asian traditions at McMaster University (PhD 1985). He is the author and co-editor of a number of works, including Religion and Society in Modern Japan (1993), Christianity Made in Japan: A Study of Indigenous Movements (1998), Religion and Social Crisis in Japan: Understanding Japanese Society Through the Aum Affair (2001), and Critical Readings on Christianity in Japan (4 vols., forthcoming). He is currently writing a book on neo-nationalism and religion-state issues in contemporary Japanese society.

Mark is supported by the Terasaki research travel grant, which was established by the Paul I. and Hisako Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies to support scholars who wish to come to UCLA to use the Gordon W. Prange Collection microform set housed at the Richard C. Rudolph East Asian Library.

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