A Transformative Force
The Emergence of Komeito as a Driver of Japanese Politics (English Edition)
The Komeito（“clean government”）party most certainly plays a vital role in Japanese politics. When contemplating present-day politics and forecasting the future, what the author takes most seriously into consideration are the activities of the Komeito Party and its supporting lay Buddhist organization, the Soka Gakkai. He could go so far as to say that as long as we observe the moves of Komeito and Soka Gakkai, we will understand political trends. His intention in this book is to analyze the party's official history, “The Fifty-year Chronicle of Komeito: With the People” in order to demonstrate the reality that Komeito members, adhering to worthy values, are greatly transforming the destiny of Japan and the world through their work in politics.
Chapter1 Komeito──A Deeply Driven Column
Chapter2 Komeito as a Party of the Masses
Chapter3 Transition to Flight
Chapter4 Confronting the "Freedom of Speech" Incident
Chapter5 A Key Agent in Diplomacy
Chapter6 As a Party in Ruling Coalitions
【About the Author】
Masaru Sato was born in 1960 in Tokyo,Japan. After graduating with a Master's Degree from Doshisha University Graduate School of Theology, he was hired as an officer in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He also served as senior analyst at the Embassy of Japan in Russia. In 2002, he was charged with malpractice and tortious obstruction. In June 2009, he was handed a probationary sentence, which was completed in June 2013.
He has authored numerous works, including "Self-destructing Empire," which won the Soichi Oya Nonfiction Prize, and "Trappings of National Power," which was awarded the Mainichi Publishing Special Culture Prize. He also wrote "Soka Gakkai and Pacifism,"(Asahi Shinsho,2014) and "Discussing the Soka Gakkai," which he cowrote with Mikio Matsuoka,(Daisanbunmei-sha,2015). He is the recipient of the 10th Ango Award. "A Transformative Force：The Emergence of Komeito as a Driver of Japanese Politics" is his first work to be published in English.