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Number of Religious Corporations in Japan

In 2015, total 181,810 religious corporations are registered on the official list. If a religious corporation registered themselves to the ministry or local governments, they can get tax incentives.

The following data show the breakdown of registered religious corporations in Japan, as of 2015.

Table1: Number of nationwide registered religious corporations by religion.

Religion Number
Shinto 218
Buddhist 454
Christian 320
Others 108
Total 1,100


Table2: Number of local registered religious corporations by religion.

Religion Number
Shinto 84,868
Buddhist 77,018
Christian 4,373
Others 14,451
Total 180,710


Source is Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. 宗教統計調査

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