Presenting a study of politics at grassroots level among young Japanese, this book examines the alliance between the religious movement Soka Gakkai (the ‘Value-creation Society’) and Komeito (the ‘Clean Government Party’), which shared power with the Liberal Democratic Party from 1999 to 2009. Drawing on primary research carried out among Komeito supporters, the book focuses on the lives of supporters and voters in order to better understand the processes of democracy. It goes on to discuss what the political behaviour of young Komeito supporters tell us about the role of religious organizations, such as Soka Gakkai, in Japanese politics. Unlike most other books on politics in Japan which tend to concentrate on political elites, this book provides extremely valuable insights into political culture at the grassroots level.

chapter |33 pages


Youth, religion and politics in Japan

chapter |35 pages

Nichiren, Soka Gakkai and Komeito

A question of political attitude

chapter |34 pages

Aspiration for the good society

In support of a political party

chapter |34 pages

A case of interpretation?

Komeito supporters as political pawns, right-wing collaborators, or political actors

chapter |32 pages

July 2009 to July 2010

The beginning of a new way of politics in Japan?