Tsunesaburo Makiguchi Website Launched
On June 6, 2008, the Soka Gakkai launched an English-language website, Tsunesaburo Makiguchi: Value-Creating Education, dedicated to the life and work of Tsunesaburo Makiguchi (1871-1944), the founder of the Soka Gakkai movement which now has 12 million members in 192 countries around the world. The URL is: http://tmakiguchi.org.
Tsunesaburo Makiguchi was a forward-thinking geographer, educational theorist and religious reformer who worked as an elementary school principal during the early years of the 20th century. He considered happiness (value creation) to be the purpose of life and the ultimate goal of education. After Makiguchi embraced Nichiren Buddhism, in 1930 he founded the Soka Kyoiku Gakkai (the forerunner of today's Soka Gakkai and SGI), an organization for promoting his views on value-creating education and for reforming society based on reform of religion. His opposition to Japan's militarism and nationalism led to his imprisonment and death during World War II at the hands of Japan's militarist government, which was dedicated to stifling all dissident thought.
This launch, which follows the opening of the Daisaku Ikeda website (http://daisakuikeda.org) on January 2, 2008 and the Josei Toda website (http://joseitoda.org) on March 16, 2008, commemorated the anniversary of Makiguchi's birth on June 6, 1871.
The website aims to provide a valuable resource for scholars, journalists and general readers. It includes a detailed timeline of the major events in Makiguchi's life and in-depth analysis of his thought, as well as numerous photographs, academic papers on Makiguchi and other materials providing historical background. Interview footage with Ms. Sadako Kaneko, Makiguchi's daughter-in-law, is also available on the site.