Komeito: Politics and Religion in Japan

George Ehrhardt/ Axel Klein/ Levi McLaughlin/ Steven R. Reed

Published by Institute of East Asian Studies, 2014
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Review: This, the first book-length study of Japan's third-biggest political party, combines comprehensive scope, solid scholarship, insightful analysis, and clear and straightforward presentation. It examines the growth, successes and failures, goals and strategies- in campaigns, in parliament, and as a coalition partner in government- and potential and limitations of Japan's most powerful and lasting (and inevitably controversial) religion-based party. It is essential to any thorough understanding of Japanese politics and the role of religion in contemporary Japanese society. --James W. White, University of North Carolina

The relationship between religion and politics has been paid little attention by scholars of religion who have largely assumed, because of Japan's constitutional separation of religion and the state, that the former plays little role in the public sphere. This book, by examining the history of Komeito and its shifting relationship with its founding religious organization, Soka Gakkai, shows that this is not the case. It indicates how Japan's largest religious organization remains a political force even as the political party it established has become increasingly independent of Gakkai control. In doing so it opens up new vistas in our understandings or religion and politics in contemporary Japan and will be essential reading for anyone interested in contemporary Japanese religious issues. --Ian Reader, Lancaster University

Anyone interested in contemporary Japanese politics needs to read this book. Certainly, no student of Japanese party politics can afford not to read it. This volume illuminates Komeito's history, organization, electoral mobilization, and behavior in and out of power. More importantly, this book reorients our understanding of the intersection of religion and politics in Japan, a topic that has danced along the periphery of academic studies even as it has grabbed headlines in Japan and beyond. My only question is why scholars had to wait fifty years for such an incisive study of Komeito. --Robert Pekkanen, University of Washington

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Title: Komeito: Politics and Religion in Japan
Publisher: Institute of East Asian Studies
Publication Date: 2014
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