Here's a better article about Bozu Bar & the big failure of buddhism in Japan.http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/editori ... 03397226/1
yes buddhism in Japan is in serious decline & the sects who believe nothing, preach nothing, do nothing have only themselves to blame. And it doesn't have anything to do with keeping a 2,000 year old Vinaya.
My sensei, a priest, has a regular day job, no temple & goes every year to Cambodia and India to distribute free Lotus Sutras. To me that's admirable.
Actually, if they had maintained the Vinaya, then a lot of modern problems in Japanese Buddhism would have been avoided.
The hereditary priesthood has fostered apathy as taking on robes is seen as a duty, not as a mission. The result is that most priests were forced into by way of obligations to family. Even those who take it on themselves to ordain are still surrounded by apathetic people who neither properly understand or actually believe in Buddhadharma.
Another problem is in the Buddhist universities you have "priests" teaching materialist ideas as Buddhism.
Japanese Buddhist institutions still have a lot of money, so you have professors who have a lot of time and money for intellectual wankery.
The skeleton of old Buddhist institutions is still there and the leftover resources of a bygone era are still there for salvage, but the future is quite bleak. In a few generations there will be a lot less priests because as the economy contracts the Japanese public will cease paying for expensive funerals, meaning the reason for those priests and temples will likewise cease.