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The main religions in Japan are Shinto, Buddhism, and Christianity.

Shinto is a naturalistic religion that grew out of the daily life of Japanese people in primitive times, but which was refined later by the influence of Buddhism and Confucianism.
Most Japanese are tolerant when it comes to religious beliefs, and do not think it strange to be involved simultaneously in several religions.

Why Japanese can believe plural religions is that the polytheistic nature of Shino made it easy for them to accept religions coming in from foreign countries.

Most Japanese, the birth and marriage ceremonies are done by Shinto way, and the funeral is done by Buddhist way.

Out of the 63 million Japanese adult, 20 million proclaim themselves religions believers; of this total, 2 million are Shintoists, 16 million are Buddhists, and 700 thousand are Christians.

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  • Updated Feb 11, 2007
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