[Buddha-l] Yasukuni Jinja

Kyoshin cityofquartz at ntlworld.com
Mon May 30 12:54:52 MDT 2005

Just curious... has any Japanese Buddhist sect/organization taken a
(formal) position on Yasukuni Jinja and the 14 Class A war criminals
revered there?

W.F. Wong

I found the following via Google:

"150 Buddhists parade in Kyoto against revision of Constitution's no-war 

In Kyoto City, which has two head temples of Japan's major Buddhist sect 
Jodo Shinshu, about 150 priests and laypeople paraded through the city 
on July 8 in opposition to constitutional revision.

The march, "joint action against war and for peace," is the second such 
action by the two groups. "Life has no place for soldiers and weapons," 
is the slogan which these religious people upheld.

The organizers of the march said that they are concerned that Prime 
Minister Koizumi Jun'ichiro's art of public speaking may be a cover for 
fascism. They proposed to develop a day-to-day movement to foil the 
moves toward militaristic nationalism.

A Jodo Shinshu group in Fukuoka City in the Kyushu district wrote to 
Prime Minister Koizumi not to carry out his planned official visit to 
Yasukuni Shrine on August 15. (end)"

Regards, Kyoshin

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