Is there freedom of religion in China? What about Japan?

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  • 7 years ago
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    China? No.

    China is an officially Atheistic Communist country where religious liberty is severely curtailed.

    For example, the neighborhood Catholic Churches in China are under the authority of the Chinese government, not the Pope.

    The Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association is a division of the People's Republic of China's Religious Affairs Bureau to exercise state supervision over mainland China's Catholics. The Communist Party of China wants no organization in mainland China owing allegiance to "foreign influence", in this case, every other Catholic on the planet including the Pope.

    Ever since it's creation in the 1950's, the Catholic Church has deplored the attitude and activities of the Association and declared the bishops who participated in consecrating new bishops selected by the Association to be excommunicated.

    It is estimated that there are 13 million Catholics in China, 8 million following the underground church still loyal to Rome and 5 million following the officially sanctioned Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association.

    Here is the Pope's letter to Chinese Catholics: http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/benedict_xvi/let...

    With love in Christ.

  • sanity
    Lv 7
    7 years ago

    Yes, for both countries.

    Just because China has 2% Christians the western media try to portray China in the worst possible light on religious freedom.

    However, Christianity is a minority religion in most parts of Asia, except Philippines.

  • Cosmos
    Lv 7
    7 years ago

    Japan, yes. There are no restrictions.

    China, yes and no. Freedom of religion is in the Chinese constitution, but like most things with China, it's subject to government control. You can practice any religion in China...but the government has to be cool with it.

  • 7 years ago

    Until Western countries, for centuries three religions peaceful co-existed in China: Confucianism, Taoism and Buddhism. Islam was introduced mainly to the western part of China, and Christianity came with the gun boats.

    Japan has mainly Shintoism and Buddhism.

    Asians do not have to choose one religion. They have freedom to choose as many as they want.

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  • 7 years ago

    You can do anything you want in China as long as it doesn't threaten the government. They not only have freedom of religion, they have freedom of everything (except having more than one child).

  • Anonymous
    7 years ago

    Japan got freedom of religion after world war 2 while we occupied.

  • 7 years ago

    I vote for freedom from religion

  • 7 years ago

    Yes, both have freedom of religion

  • 7 years ago

    China? HELL NO!

    Why do you think the Tibetans are immolating themselves?

    Japan, yes.

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