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Monsters and spirits –including ‘tsukumogami,’ which are made of everyday objects – in the ‘Hyakki-Yagyō-Emaki’ scroll, painted between the 14th and 16th centuries. Wikimedia Commons

Japan’s ‘waste not, want not’ philosophy has deep religious and cultural roots, from monsters and meditation to Marie Kondo’s tidying up

Shinto and Buddhist ideas about interconnectedness have deeply influenced Japan, shaping centuries-old rituals and stories whose impact continues today.
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.

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