[Buddha-l] Govt. Dept

Kate Marshall marshallarts at bigpond.com
Sun Dec 4 17:11:22 MST 2005


The other month I read, perhaps on this forum, that Buddhist Temples in Japan are listed as a Government Department.

I'm interested in when this happened and how it affected the autonomy of the Temples.  I've read elsewhere that a number of temples in Okinawa viewed this action as a "takeover" and refused to register with the Government.  Their lands were confiscated, the temples demolished and highways or American Air Force bases built in their place.

Does anyone have any more details on this, please?

Many thanks

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