Japanese Journal of Religious Studies

The Japanese Journal of Religious Studies is a peer-reviewed journal registered as an Open Access Journal with all the contents freely downloadable. Click this link for details on our Copyright and Open Access policy and Peer Review process.

ISSN 0304-1042

Aim and Scope Statement:

The Japanese Journal of Religious Studies is a semi-annual journal dedicated to the academic study of Japanese religions, seeking to deepen understanding of Japanese religions. It publishes articles and materials that advance interreligious understanding and furthers the pursuit of knowledge in the study of religion, particularly Japanese religions. One of its functions is to break through the language barriers that separate Japanese scholarship in religion from the international scene. First published in 1960 as Contemporary Religions in Japan, it was given its present name in 1974. The journal was taken over by the Nanzan Institute in 1981.

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  • Paul L. Swanson, Nanzan Institute for Religion & Culture

Associate Editor

  • David White, Nanzan Institute for Religion & Culture

    Advisory Board

  • Barbara Ambros, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • Helen Hardacre, Harvard University
  • Hayashi Makoto, Aichi Gakuin University
  • Hoshino Eiki, Taishō University
  • Minowa Kenryo, University of Tokyo
  • Ian Reader, Lancaster University
  • David Reid, Former Editor, JJRS
  • Shimazono Susumu, University of Tokyo
  • Jacqueline Stone, Princeton University
  • Sueki Fumihiko, International Research Center for Japanese Studies
  • Lawrence E. Sullivan, University of Notre Dame
  • Duncan Ryuken Williams, University of Southern California
  • Yamanaka Hiroshi, Tsukuba University

Internal Advisors

  • James W. Heisig, Nanzan Institute
  • Kim Seung Chul, Nanzan Institute
  • Okuyama Michiaki, Nanzan Institute

Editorial Consultants

  • Clark Chilson, University of Pittsburgh
  • Lucia Dolce, University of London
  • Kawahashi Noriko, Nagoya Institute of Technology
  • Keller Kimbrough, University of Colorado at Boulder
  • Lori Meeks, University of Southern California
  • Otani Eiichi, Bukkyo University
  • Brian Ruppert, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign