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Presented By: Center for Japanese Studies

CJS Lecture Series | Difficult Subjects: Religion and Public Schools in Contemporary Japan

Jolyon Thomas, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, University of Pennsylvania

Jolyon Thomas, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, University of Pennsylvania Jolyon Thomas, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, University of Pennsylvania
Jolyon Thomas, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, University of Pennsylvania
As part of a new national policy of “making persons” (hitozukuri) who could support Japan’s rapid economic growth, in the mid-1960s Japan's Ministry of Education adopted a new objective centered on fostering students as “reliable human figures” (kitai sareru ningenzō). Despite the explicit legal prohibition regarding religious education in Japan’s constitution, policy makers clearly expected public schools to inculcate both personal piety and professional diligence as part of this new orientation. This talk shows how public education aligned with religious indoctrination as policy wonks temporarily partnered with clerics to advance a type of non-confessional training known as “religious sentiment education” (shūkyō jōsō kyōiku).

Jolyon Thomas is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the author of Faking Liberties: Religious Freedom in American-Occupied Japan (2019) and Drawing on Tradition: Manga, Anime, and Religion in Contemporary Japan (2012).

Please register for the Zoom event here: https://umich.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_B_L4r4l-SEOdqjRsQuG6dw

This colloquium series is made possible by the generous support of the U.S. Department of Education Title VI grant.

If there is anything we can do to make this event accessible to you, please contact us. Please be aware that advance notice is necessary as some accommodations may require more time for the university to arrange.
Jolyon Thomas, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, University of Pennsylvania Jolyon Thomas, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, University of Pennsylvania
Jolyon Thomas, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, University of Pennsylvania

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