Year: 2003 Source: Illness, Crisis and Loss, v.11, no.2, (April 2003), p.122-133 SIEC No: 20040767

This article discusses the spiritual crisis facing contemporary Japanese people. The author explores how modernization has pervaded Japanese people & how it has affected their attitude toward religion, as well as their identity in the context of history. The author then explores Japanese spirituality & the sense of self, which is characterized by the coexistence of Buddhism & Shintoism. A discussion of suicide & brain death follows in order to examine how these problems throw into doubt both Japanese identity & the values of highly modernized contemporary society. (15 refs)