Japanese Journal of Religious Studies

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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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  • Matthew D. McMullen, Nanzan Institute
  • Paul L. Swanson, Nanzan Institute

Associate Editor

  • Tim Graf, Nanzan Institute

    Advisory Board

  • Barbara Ambros, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • Clark Chilson, University of Pittsburgh
  • Lucia Dolce, University of London
  • Helen Hardacre, Harvard University
  • Hayashi Makoto, Aichi Gakuin University
  • Hoshino Eiki, Taishō University
  • Kawahashi Noriko, Nagoya Institute of Technology
  • Keller Kimbrough, University of Colorado at Boulder
  • Lori Meeks, University of Southern California
  • Minowa Kenryo, University of Tokyo
  • Otani Eiichi, Bukkyo University
  • Ian Reader, Lancaster University
  • Brian Ruppert, Bates College
  • Shimazono Susumu, Sophia University
  • Jacqueline Stone, Princeton University
  • Sueki Fumihiko, International Research Center for Japanese Studies
  • 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
  • Saito Takashi, Nanzan Institute

Editorial Consultants

  • Anna Andreeva, University of Heidelberg
  • Erica Baffelli, University of Manchester
  • Heather Blair, Indiana University
  • Hoshino Seiji, Kokugakuin University
  • Orion Klautau, Tohoku University
  • Levi McLaughlin, North Carolina State University
  • Jolyon B. Thomas, University of Pennsylvania