Why most Japanese are non-religious


This is a frequently asked question, so I summarized it. If you look at the history of Japan, you can see why. If you have any questions, please ask anytime.

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Since Japan has a history of taking many religions from abroad and using them in politics, they have not learned the values ​​of religion. Since there was no history of creating religions from scratch, religions from overseas were only one of their values.

History of Japanese religion


Ancient times

When Japan did not have a nation yet, Japan had a coalition of small countries due to the difference between rich and poor. Mr. Soga and Mr. Motobe, who had the largest powers, were in conflict about whether to adopt Buddhism. Because at that time Japan was clearly slower than other countries, and in China, the Emperor Emperor and others have made a fine country, and while deciding whether to make Japan a subordinate country, Japan can still establish a nation It wasn’t done. At that time, Buddhism that came from India was incorporated into China and the Korean peninsula, and other countries established their countries earlier than Japan. Against this background, there was an increasing opinion in Japan that if a hierarchy was established by creating a nation centered on Buddhism, the nation could be created. And Soga won, assassinated the former emperor, made his niece the emperor, strengthened power, and incorporated Buddhism into Japan.

Asuka period: 645

China (zui) will not recognize Japan as a subordinate country unless it uses the Chinese era. I threatened to invade. Here we decided to make our own era. The Emperor then sends a letter to the messengers stating that they are a nation. At that time, the emperor, the emperor, was angry, but at that time he had just given up with the Korean peninsula, and this messenger returns to Japan without being killed. It seems that he did not receive a reply at that time, but since China did not invade Japan after that, Japan was born as having announced that they would formally become their country.

Nara period

In Japan, an event such as “Canossa’s humiliation”, where the pope was too powerful and opposed to the emperor, also occurs in Japan. At that time, the power of priests was increased by adopting Buddhism. The priest named Michigami was loved by the emperor of the empress at that time and made a rapid advancement. As a result, Dogo-mirror tried to become the emperor. One day he tells the Emperor that if he becomes Emperor, the world will be safe. This crisis was prevented by Wake Kiyoro’s oracle that the trust was a lie.

Buddhism (Esoteric)

Heian period

In the previous era, the power struggle between the Emperor and Buddhism was intense, so the next Emperor Kanmu advocated that the monks practiced in order to weaken the power of Buddhism. It was. Sumizumi and Kukai are famous monks at that time. By doing so, the Emperor was able to maintain power. For example, the flow is like Catholics returning to Protestant.

Kamakura period-Muromachi period

Since Buddhism was practiced at that time, more and more people began to wonder if they could be saved if practiced. Even more, the poor peasants could not be saved, and the people’s fondness began to decline, and the people began to complain about Buddhism. At that time, six denominations that do not require training are completed in Japan and begin to gain trust in the people. Two of them were Zazen denominations. Zazen began to increase from this time.

Sengoku period

But too much Buddhism gained the trust of the citizens, so monks were often armed. In the same way, the samurai also began to apply power, and after the generals of the Muromachi period disappeared, they entered the Sengoku period. At that time, Oda Nobunaga, a famous general, burned out many temples in order to lose power from Buddhism. He was also a Christian believer. However, he is killed by his subordinates, and his subordinates are also killed, and the time is the time of Hideyoshi Toyotomi and Ieyasu Tokugawa.


Edo Period

Ieyasu Tokugawa was a person who had a good understanding of history, so he decided to avoid Buddhist political rule. Instead he began to incorporate Chinese Confucianism as a Japanese political system. From this time on, Bushido is formed in Japan, which is not overwhelming and will do everything for the lord. Confucianism has also influenced the current Japanese values.


Meiji period

Because the new government feared that religion would threaten the state, it changed to a state-shinto movement. Therefore, Shinto was not a religion at this time, only religions other than Shinto were called religions. In the first place, we decided to eliminate the existence of religion by strengthening the connection between the state of the nation and religion. I think that it is this remnant that has made Japan ambiguous whether or not there is a religion.


Showa period

In response to the defeat of Japan, the GHQ adopted a policy to eliminate the link between Shinto and the nation. Yasukuni Shrine is still regarded as a problem because it is suspected that it is trying to reconnect the state and Shinto. As a result, Christianity has begun to enter Japan. However, Japan was not settled because it already had a power struggle with religion.

Values ​​close to the religion of the world and work

Late Showa period-Heisei period-Reiden period

In response to the US troop dispatch in Japan, Japan will increase its economy at a stretch with rapid economic growth. Many companies were created at that time, and they were paid only for their hard work. At that time, in Japan, the composition of “Working at a well-known company = Life is safe” was completed. Middle-aged people still have such thoughts, and once they got to work, they established a tendency to continue their work and badly change jobs. And in Japan there was a flow of martyrdom that used to be, and most children were taught that “dreaming is a fool” in order to hear what their parents say. You are forced to do that. And now many people are losing sight of what they are working for and more people are committing suicide.

Religious thinking

Buddhism → wedding, funeral
Confucianism → Once you have decided on a job, you work there.
It is natural that filial piety is a parent.
(If you dislike parents, it will give a bad impression to most people.)
Shinto → Hatsumode
The country itself has become a religion
It’s natural that the country moves for the public, everyone reads the air, and for the other party
It is natural to move
Christian → Wedding

Not all Japanese people have that value

I am one of those ideas, but of course there are people who do not agree with the values ​​of the Japanese religion. In particular, most people now think that young people should not do one job. However, they are not sure what to do, and there is an increasing number of people who can’t help but first enter a big company and later change to another job.

I have doubts about working in Japan in the first place, and I change jobs 10 times a year, so re-employment in Japan will probably be difficult, and I will never re-employ in Japan I’m going. I decide to stay overseas even if my income is small.

Is non-religion a bad thing?

A few years ago, I answered “Aminism” every time a lot of people asked about religion, but I was not convinced. Because Japanese culture is too complicated.

Now it’s just one of the thoughts of bad things. “Believe in yourself” is common regardless of religion or non-religion. Says me now.

I think that religion is only a means, and whatever is religion, no religion, what I can understand is “you can believe yourself.” Because people are weak creatures, they tend to lose confidence in themselves at all times, and that’s why people can’t maintain their identities without the support of something. Life is a wave, and because there is a wave, there is joy and sorrow. That is why human beings have a “heart to believe in themselves” and believing in the future is important for living. In the case of Japan today, there are many people who live every day by believing in their own hopes for the future that their lives will be stable if they work. In Japan, there is a history that it has been replaced by the state and abused, so people may not have a strong sense of religion.

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