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Historically, what influences have Shintoism had on Japanese society and politics? Especially during WWII and since then? What role do you think they may have played during the war, and what are your views of the role Church and State separation may have had had that been implemented? Or, was is not a violation of church and state?

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Traditionally, being a native Japanese religion, Shintoism has been associated with Japanese nationalism both before, during, and after WWII. Of course, using the 'national' religion to unite a country during war and even other times is not unusual (like the Russian Orthadox priests blessing Russian artillery with holy water before fighting the Germans in WWI). The ...

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