The author of Imperial Japan gives here the religious background of Japan in concise, penetrating manner, with a dash of neat irony here and there. It is, nonetheless, a strictly circumscribed subject. A history of the influx of various creeds from China, Confucianism, Buddhism, etc., and finally the branch of Buddhism which was to become Shinto, the main concern of this book, a religion which confers on the Emperor of Japan direct descent from the Sun Goddess and central religious focus of the Japanese -- ""impotence apotheosised and worshipped."" A patriotic religion, created for the purposes of national solidarity, Shinto has ensured the Emperor's and army's throttle-hold over the people since 1868 and been instrumental in enabling Japan to continue its barbaric, ruthless campaign against China and western Europe. For the few this will be an enlightening book on a dangerous religion, without metaphysical or philosophical content, that is a deification of paganism. Plus sale with religious books.