After Ozawa met with Japan Buddhist Federation President
Yukei Matsunaga and praised Buddhism. He said then that
‘‘European and U.S. societies with a (historical)
background of Christianity are bogged down,’’ and that
Islam is ‘‘better than Christianity but it is also
Ozawa specified about Christianity described as
‘‘exclusive and self-righteous’’, prompting the Japan
Confederation of Christian Churches to lodge a protest and
demand that the No. 2 leader of the ruling party withdraw
Controversy indeed for the believers.
Backpedaling, Ozawa tried to explain that he was merely
saying that the East and the West have different views,
and did not retract them.
‘‘I stated that the basic philosophy of religion and the
view of life are different (between East and West),’’
Ozawa said at a press conference Monday afternoon,
explaining that in his view the East considers humans as
part of the nature while the West believes that nature
exists for humans.