Japan is one of the world's least religious countries, according to a Gallup survey this year. Yet some observers have noted an uptick in the number of young people visiting religious sites at pivotal moments in their lives.
An informal collaboration between police and more than 100,000 motorcycle taxi drivers has informed the footwork that led authorities to detain suspects in the case. Twenty people died when a bomb exploded at a Hindu shrine two weeks ago.
The first round of talks, which started Saturday evening and finished just before dawn Sunday, came to nothing, but the second day of diplomacy has, for the time being, pushed aside the heated warnings of imminent war.
Monday's bombing at a Hindu shrine at a downtown junction killed at least 20 people, including several Asian tourists who were praying. Police said a second botched attack Tuesday at a pier used the same type of explosive.