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Nichibunken-IHJ Forum

2018 Dec. 5 The 15th Nichibunken-IHJ Forum

Place: Lecture Hall, International House of Japan (Address: 5-11-16 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0032)
Start time: 18:30
End time: 20:00
Enrollment: Required
Fee: Free
How to enroll: Go to IHJ web site to register
Host: International House of Japan
Co-host: International Research Center for Japanese Studies
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Speaker “History of Religions in Postwar Japan: As Seen Through the Encyclopedia of Contemporary Words”
SUZUKI Iwayumi,   President-appointed Extraordinary Professor, Tohoku University / Visiting Professor, International Research Center for Japanese Studies

Gendai yogo no kiso chishiki (Encyclopedia of Contemporary Words) is a long-established cyclopedia that has been published annually since 1948. Its latest edition contains Japanese words—not only basic words, but also new or trendy ones that frequently appear in the mass media―in 113 categories. In the sense that the words in the publication undergo a yearly “selection” :process, one can consider them as indicators that reflect the social concerns of different times. This lecture focuses on the religion section of the encyclopedia, and examines the history of religions in postwar Japan as seen through the changes of listed words for the past 70 years.
*This lecture will be held in Japanese.

Commentator ISOMAE Jun'ichi,   Professor, International Research Center for Japanese Studies