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People line up to pay their respects before the funeral of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, on July 12, 2022, at Zojoji Temple in Tokyo. AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko

Shinto religion has long been entangled with Japan’s politics – and Shinzo Abe was associated with many of its groups

A scholar of Japanese religion explains the connections that Japan’s political parties have with several religious groups and how religion is tied in with the legacy of Shinzo Abe.
Former Japanese prime minster Shinzo Abe being taken to hospital following a shooting on Friday July 8th. Shohei Izumi/AAP

Shooting of Shinzo Abe is a huge shock for Japan and the world

The world is in shock after news Japan’s former prime minister Shinzo Abe has been shot dead during a speech in Nara, western Japan.
Nakashima Harumi, born Ena City, Gifu prefecture, 1950, Struggling forms, c2005, Ena City, Gifu prefecture, porcelain, under and overglaze, 66.0 x 49.0 x 43.0 cm. Collection of Raphy Star

How Japanese avant-garde ceramicists have tested the limits of clay

Pure Form at the Art Gallery of South Australia brings together some of Japan’s most interesting post-war art.
In a 1949 photograph, Mori works in his family’s nursery in San Leandro, Calif. Courtesy of Steven Y. Mori

Toshio Mori endured internment camps and overcame discrimination to become the first Japanese American to publish a book of fiction

On Dec. 2, 1941, a publication date was set for Mori’s first book. Five days later, the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, upending the writer’s life and throwing the book’s publication into doubt.

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