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He myths in this book are ancient, and neither Shinto nor Buddhism were or are primarily religions based on the retelling of myths. Most reference books about modern Japan claim that religion is not a very important part of the lives of the Japanese. Yet Akihito, who became emperor in 1989, traces his family back more than 2,600 years to the emperor Jimmu, and thus to the sun goddess. In October 2005, Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi of Japan angered other Asian nations by visiting Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo at which the Japanese who died in wars are "memorialized and worshipped as deities"— including soldiers who were executed as This brightly painted doll represents a samurai warrior and is used in Kabuki theater.
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