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Floating it away

Thomas Crump, 7 October 1993

Liquid Life: Abortion and Buddhism in Japan 
by William LaFleur.
Princeton, 252 pp., £24.95, January 1993, 0 691 07405 4
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... operate it. Both Buddhism and abortion flourish in modern Japan: the link between them is death. William LaFleur explains how this has come about, and in doing so provides an unusual insight into the character of modern Japan, where death is a big-money operation both for medicine and for religion. The questions to be considered are: what sort of death ...

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