Neonationalism, Politics, and Religion in Post-disaster Japan

  • Mark R. Mullins

Abstract

Recent decades have seen a rise in religious nationalism around the world, and Japan is no exception. As highlighted in the lead chapter by Koichi Nakano, over the past two decades there has been a significant rightward shift in Japanese politics. This trend is closely related to organized religion and its affiliated political efforts to reshape various dimensions of Japanese society. When the topic of religion and politics is referred to in the Japanese context, it is usually in relation to Sōka Gakkai and Kōmeitō. It is well known that Sōka Gakkai, the largest Buddhist new religion in postwar Japan, was not content to cultivate the piety of its followers in the private sphere, but formed its own political party, the Kōmeitō, with a vision of shaping public life according to its principles and ideals. Sōka Gakkai’s political engagement has been the focus of considerable criticism and public debate, as well as scholarly research.1

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