Helen Hardacre - Reischauer Institute Professor of Japanese Religions and Society, Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, Harvard University
The Council is pleased to present the Seventh Annual John W. Hall Lecture in Japanese Studies. The Japanese religious world stands to be directly affected by revisions proposed for the constitution of Japan that are now being pursued by the Liberal Democratic Party. Long-standing formulations of the separation of religion from state are to be changed, and imperial ritual will acquire a public character. At the same time, some religious organizations have become directly involved as actors in the process, sometimes seeking to restrain the LDP, sometimes supporting its policies. Constitutional revision is providing a new arena for religious organizations to enter the debates of civil society on both sides of the issue. A reception will follow in the second Floor Common Room, Henry R. Luce Hall, 34 Hillhouse Avenue.