"Meetch, in Japan we are born Shinto, but we die Buddhist."
I am still searching for the deep meaning in my friend's statement. I think he is talking about the malleability between the two major Japanese religions, although this could be one of those Zen statements without an answer. At any rate Christianity really doesn't come into play here, at less than 1% of the population.
This is in stark comparison to South Korea, which seems to have more church steeples than Rome. Fully a quarter of South Korea is Christian and growing fast.