Pagan & Shinto News: Japan PM’s Wife Criticised For Group Tour To Shinto Shrine During Pandemic

Pagan & Shinto News: Japan PM’s Wife Criticised For Group Tour To Shinto Shrine During Pandemic April 20, 2020

Top stories in Paganism and Shinto this week:

  • Japan: PM’s wife criticised for taking group tour to Shinto shrine during pandemic
  • Japanese lawmakers cancel Yasukuni Shrine visit this month
  • Half of Americans say Bible should influence U.S. laws

Read more below…

Left: Japan’s First Lady Akie Abe, Casa Rosada (Argentina Presidency of the Nation) / CC BY 2.5 AR. Centre: Yasukuni Shrine, jpatokal via Wiki Commons; Right: Pixabay

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Shinto News

Akie Abe criticized for taking group tour to Shinto shrine during pandemic
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According to the Shukan Bunshun magazine, the first lady visited Usa Shrine in Oita Prefecture on March 15 along with about 50 people and took part in a Shinto ritual service…

Japanese Lawmakers Cancel Yasukuni Visit This Month
A suprapartisan group of Japanese lawmakers will refrain from visiting Yasukuni Shrine during its two-day spring festival from April 21, due to the spread of the novel coronavirus, Jiji Press learned Monday…

World Heritage Shinto shrines in Nikko close amid outbreak
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Shrines designated as UNESCO World Heritage sites in Tochigi Prefecture’s Nikko, north of Tokyo, have temporarily closed to prevent infections of the new coronavirus…

Lively autumn ‘Nagasaki Kunchi’ festival events canceled over coronavirus outbreak
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The Hono-Odori dance and portable shrine procession of the Nagasaki Kunchi festival, a lively festival held each autumn, will be canceled this year due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, officials have decided…

Japan Postpones Rituals for Crown Prince amid Epidemic
The Japanese government decided at a cabinet meeting Tuesday to postpone the “Rikkoshi-no-Rei” ceremonies for Crown Prince Akishino for the time being, amid a state of emergency declared a week ago over the COVID-19 epidemic…

Amabie, the ‘spirit’ that went viral
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Other News

Half of Americans say Bible should influence U.S. laws, including 28% who favor it over the will of the people
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Today, about half of Americans (49%) say the Bible should have at least “some” influence on U.S. laws, including nearly a quarter (23%) who say it should have “a great deal” of influence…

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