Religious beliefs in Japan

Around 84% of Japanese people profess to follow both Shinto (the indigenous religion of Japan) and Buddhism. Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism from China have significantly influenced Japanese beliefs and mythology.

In Japan, people follow a variety of practices, amalgamating Shinto rituals, Buddhist beliefs and Christian practices in strange and unexpected ways. Since the mid-19th century, numerous religious sects have also emerged in Japan.

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