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Buddhist Temple Officiates Gay Weddings As Japan Continues to Struggle With LGBT Rights

By Charles Pulliam-Moore, Towleroad.com, Dec 7, 2014

Kyoto, Japan -- The Shunkoin Temple in Kyoto, Japan has become the first zen Buddhist temple offering to officiate symbolic same sex weddings within the country.

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Four South Koreans held over theft of Tsushima Buddhist statue

Kyodo, Nov 25, 2014

NAGASAKI, Japan -- Four South Korean men were taken into police custody Monday on suspicion of stealing a Buddha statue from a temple in Tsushima, Nagasaki Prefecture, local police said.

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Japan: Buddhist monks become models for fashion show

BBC, 4 November 2014

Koyasan, Japan -- A fashion show starring Buddhist monks as catwalk models has been held in Japan, it's reported.

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Learnt values of cleanliness from Buddhism: Kyoto Mayor

by Shubhajit Roy, Indian Express, September 1, 2014

Kyoto, Japan -- When Kyoto’s Mayor Daisaku Kadokawa told Prime Minister Narendra Modi that Japan’s values of cleanliness have come from Buddhism which was born in India, a candid PM lamented “we seem to have forgotten those values of Buddhism”.

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Priestly pair set out to boost ‘Buddhism 3.0' across Japan

by Takeshi Nishide, The Japan Times, Aug 5, 2014

Tokyo, Japan -- A pair of Zen priests have been causing a stir with their campaign to spread a new interpretation of Buddhism in Japan that combines practices from separate branches of the ancient religion.

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