Japan plunged straight into the madness of nationalism. One person who challenged this direction head-on was first Soka Gakkai president Tsunesaburo Makiguchi. While the fierce winds of totalitarianism raged, he held high the banner of religious reform, asserting: “We have to lead the nation to great good. To do so is like making a landing in the face of enemy forces.” Though he was told by the Nichiren Shoshu priesthood to accept the Shinto talisman, President Makiguchi firmly refused, saying: “What grieves me is not the downfall of our religion, but to stand by and watch the entire nation destroyed before my eyes,... I fear the grief it would cause Nichiren Daishonin. Isn’t this the time to remonstrate with the state? What is there to be afraid of ?” This was President Makiguchi’s spirit.
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