Soka Gakkai, a Japanese religious movement founded in 1930, has been at the center of various controversies and claims. Initially a lay group within the Nichiren Shōshū, Soka Gakkai became independent in 1991 after conflicts with Nichiren Shōshū administration. While the movement presents itself as a promoter of peace, it has faced accusations of being a brainwashing cult and has garnered its share of critics.
It has been revealed that Soka Gakkai, a Japanese religious movement, has established connections with the Club of Rome, a global think tank founded in 1968 by Italian industrialist Aurelio Peccei. This connection stems from the honorary membership bestowed upon Mr. Daisaku Ikeda, the President of Soka Gakkai International. This fact has raised suspicions about Soka Gakkai's affiliation with the Club of Rome, an organization known for its associations with influential European power groups. It is worth noting that the Club of Rome, which promotes Neo-Malthusian ideas, has faced criticism for advocating population reduction through means such as war, famine, and disease.
The Illuminati is a secret society often associated with controlling world events and exerting hidden power. Some individuals believe that the Club of Rome, as a global think tank with influential members, has connections to the Illuminati based on their shared goals and alleged interlocking memberships with other power elite groups.
The Club of Rome has been accused of promoting the idea that the common enemy of humanity is man. In 1993, the Club's co-founder, Alexander King with Bertrand Schneider wrote The First Global Revolution stating, “The common enemy of humanity is man”. According to the club's publications, the threat of pollution, global warming, water shortages, and famine can be used to fulfill humanity's need for a common adversary. However, it is important to note that these are just accusations and it is not clear whether they are true or not.
The common enemy of humanity is man. In searching for a new enemy to unite us, we came up with the idea that pollution, the threat of global warming, water shortages, famine and the like would fit the bill. All these dangers are caused by human intervention, and it is only through changed attitudes and behavior that they can be overcome. The real enemy then, is humanity itself.Co-founder, Alexander King
In the book “The First Global Revolution” by Alexander King and Bertrand Schneider, published by the Club of Rome, a striking statement was made on page 115. It reads:
In searching for a new enemy to unite us, we came up with the idea that pollution, the threat of global warming, water shortages, famine and the like would fit the bill. In their totality and in their interactions these phenomena do constitute a common threat which demands the solidarity of all peoples. But in designating them as the enemy, we fall into the trap about which we have already warned, namely mistaking symptoms for causes. All these dangers are caused by human intervention and it is only through changed attitudes and behavior that they can be overcome. The real enemy, then, is humanity itself.
This quote highlights the perspective presented by the Club of Rome, suggesting that environmental challenges and other global issues are not inherent enemies but rather the result of human actions. It emphasizes the need for a shift in attitudes and behaviors to address these challenges effectively.
Another allegation pertains to Soka Gakkai's alleged support for the deployment of Japanese troops abroad. A leaked document from Wikileaks suggested that Soka Gakkai had been involved in promoting the idea. While the authenticity and context of the document remain unclear, it has raised concerns among certain individuals.
Critics argue that any religious movement aligning itself with global political leaders raises concerns about potential undue influence.
The article from Tokyo Weekender explores the prevalence of ‘cult thinking' in Japan, focusing on various groups including Soka Gakkai, a Buddhist group based on the teachings of the 13th-century priest Nichiren. Soka Gakkai, although considered a cult by some, claims to have 8.27 million member households in Japan and has political representation in the parliament through the Liberal Democratic Party's junior ruling partner, Komeito. This blurring of religious influence and political power raises questions about the group's adherence to the Constitution-mandated separation of religion and state. The article argues that such cult-like groups reflect a kind of thinking that has deeply permeated Japanese society, manifesting in group conformity and rigid belief systems.
In conclusion, the controversies surrounding Soka Gakkai are complex and multifaceted. Accusations of connections to the Club of Rome and support for Japanese troop deployments abroad have been made, but they remain disputed and lack conclusive evidence.