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all over the world by FCCJ Correspondents

Mixing government and religion

David McNeill writes in the Japan Times about the growing influence of the Shinto religion on Japanese politics

Immaculate and ramrod straight in a crisp, black suit, Japan's education minister, Hakubun Shimomura, speaks like a schoolteacher -- slowly and deliberately. His brow creases with concern when he talks about Japan's diminished place in the world, its years of anemic economic growth and poorly competing universities. Mostly, though, he appears to be worried about the moral and spiritual decline of the nation's youth. "The biggest problem with Japanese education is the tremendous self-deprecation of our high school children," he says. Read the article


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