Religious freedom is a founding tenet of the United States, and it has frequently been used to justify policies towards other nations Such was the case in 1945 when Americans occupied Japan following World War II Though the Japanese constitution had guaranteed freedom of religion since 1889, the United States declared that protection faulty, and when the occupation ended in 1952, they claimed to have successfully replaced it with real religious freedom Through a fresh analysis of pre war Japanese law, Jolyon Baraka Thomas demonstrates that the occupiers triumphant narrative obscured salient Japanese political debates about religious freedom Indeed, Thomas reveals that American occupiers also vehemently disagreed about the topic By reconstructing these vibrant debates, Faking Liberties unsettles any notion of American authorship and imposition of religious freedom Instead, Thomas shows that, during the Occupation, a dialogue about freedom of religion ensued that constructed a new global set of political norms that continue to form policies today. Read Faking Liberties: Religious Freedom in American-Occupied Japan By Jolyon Baraka Thomas – heartforum.co.uk
Jolyon Baraka Thomas is a PhD candidate in Religion at Princeton University His research focuses on Japanese religions in the modern period, with particular interest in religion and media and the relationships between religion, law, and the state Thomas has published articles and book chapters on religious aspects of the culture surrounding manga and anime.
- 336 pages
- Faking Liberties: Religious Freedom in American-Occupied Japan
- Jolyon Baraka Thomas
- 24 June 2018 Jolyon Baraka Thomas