In its most recent history (i.e. since 1945), Japan appears to exhibit a society largely free of conflictual situations, or at least of overt conflict. It is well to remember that this has not been the case historically. However, at least in one area - religious issuesthe level of conflict in Japan, historically as well as today, is lower than in most other countries. Though we do find examples of religious conflict, these pale in comparison with conflict in politics and economics in both duration and intensity.