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Swastikas used on maps in Japan to indicate Buddhist temples to be replaced because tourists associate them with Nazis

By Caroline Mcguire, Daily Mail, 19 January 2016

Tokyo, Japan -- Japanese maps have long used swastikas to mark the location of Buddhist temples on maps.

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Buddhist temple in Tokyo upgraded by Satoru Hirota Architects

Dezeen.com, 12 January 2016

Tokyo, Japan -- Satoru Hirota Architects has overhauled the site of a Buddhist shrine dating back to Japan's Edo period, adding a triangular reception hall and a priest's quarters with bare concrete walls.

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Japan's Buddhists want Amazon to end 'rent-a-monk' service

By Mike Firn, The Telegraph, 27 Dec 2015

Monks are hired out to perform at Buddhist memorial services and other ceremonies

Tokyo, Japan -- Japan's Buddhists want Amazon to stop offering its rent-a-monk service in the country because it harms the religion's public image.

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Ji Xiang temple: Orphanage for the elderly

By Celia Hatton, BBC News, 21 December 2015

Fujian, China -- China has the fastest-ageing population in human history but the state provides very little support for elderly people. Ageing parents have traditionally been looked after by their children - but in today's China that is not always the case.

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Buddhist statue attracts scrums of fans with its ‘Goromaru-style’ rugby pose

By HARUKO KOSHIBU, AJW-Asahi, Nov 13, 2015

SEKI, Gifu Prefecture (Japan) -- Rugby players and fans have been scrummaging to a temple here to pray before a 500-year-old Buddhist statue that captures the signature pose of national team hero Ayumu Goromaru.

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Missing Buddhist scroll from 12th century turns up in Nara temple

By KAZUTO TSUKAMOTO, AJW-Asahi, November 10, 2015

UDA, Nara Prefecture (Japan) -- A gold and silver-inked Buddhist text preserved at the Soyuji temple here has been found to be one of the famed Chusonji-kyo Sutras, a series of Buddhist manuscripts dating back almost 900 years.

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Chinese Buddhist sect leader sentenced to life in prison

UCA News, November 2, 2015

Move comes amid wider crackdown on religious freedom

Beijing, China -- A Chinese court has sentenced a leader of a Buddhist sect to life in prison on charges of leading a cult, rape and fraud in the latest case to target the leader of a fringe religious group amid a wider crackdown on religious freedom.

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Japan: Temples of doom

The Econimist, Oct 31, 2015

Japan’s Buddhist temples are going out of business

Tokyo, Japan -- FAR from preaching abstinence from earthly pleasures, the Buddhist priests behind the counter of Vowz, a Tokyo bar, encourage the opposite.

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Buddhist Priest Invites Same-Sex Couples To Marry At His Temple

The Huffington Post, Oct 22, 2015

"We mustn't act as if it's all right to cast the LGBT community aside because they're a minority group," says priest at Japan's Shunkoin temple.

Tokyo, Japan -- Same-sex marriages are not legal in Japan. However, there is a Japanese Buddhist temple where lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and members of other sexual minority groups can wed: the Shunkoin temple in Hanazono, Kyoto. Same-sex couples from around the world visit the temple.

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Buddhist monk ends nine-day ritual without food, water or sleep

AFP-JIJI, Oct 22, 2015

Kyoto, Japan -- A Buddhist monk on Wednesday finished a grueling nine-day ritual of not eating, drinking, or sleeping as he chanted sutras 100,000 times.

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