Tsunesaburo Makiguchi
Value-Creating Education

Rather than provide knowledge itself, we must encourage the joy and excitement that arise from learning.

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1937-1941      Buddhist  Movement
1937 Jan 27 66 Attends a gathering where Soka Kyoiku Gakkai is formally organized. The first list of members of Soka Kyoiku Gakkai is compiled, containing around 100 names.  
  July 7     Start of full-scale war between Japan and China.
  Sep 5   Publication of the pamphlet Scientific and Supra-Religious Empirical Verification of the Methods of Value-Creating Education. more>>
      Publication of the pamphlet Six Core Issues Concerning National Educational Policy. more>>  
1938 Late July 67 Visits Kagoshima Prefecture to hold discussion meetings and conduct propagation activities. more>>  
1939 Mar 25 68 Wedding of third son Yozo and Sadako Inaba.

At the wedding of his son Yozo and Sadako Inaba, March 25, 1939

  May   Makiguchi speaks about establishing a school based on the theories of value-creating education, and his expectation that Toda will realize this concept. more>>  
  Dec 23   The First Soka Kyoiku Gakkai General Meeting is held in Azabu, Tokyo, attended by about 60 people. more>>

The first Soka Kyoiku Gakkai General Meeting, 1939 (front row, center)

1940 July 69 A group of members involved in various business activities is established under the leadership of Makiguchi and Toda, bringing together about 30 businesspeople for monthly discussion meetings.  
  Sep 27     Italy, Germany and Japan sign the Tripartite Pact.

  Oct 20   Formally appointed President of the Soka Kyoiku Gakkai at the Second Soka Kyoiku Gakkai General Meeting in Kudan, Tokyo, attended by 300 people. more>>  
1941   70 During the period between the revision and tightening of the provisions of the Peace Preservation Law on May 15, 1941, and the first large-scale arrests of Soka Kyoiku Gakkai leaders from June 30, 1943, Makiguchi attends more than 240 discussion meetings, strongly encouraging the members and promoting propagation activities. more>>

With Soka Kyoiku Gakkai members in Fukuoka, Kyushu, 1941 (front row, center)

  Apr 13     Japan and the Soviet Union sign a nonaggression pact.
  July 20   Launch of Kachi sozo (Value Creation), the organization's new periodical magazine.  
  Nov 2   The Third Soka Kyoiku Gakkai General Meeting in Kanda, Tokyo, attended by 400 people. more>>

At a discussion meeting in Ikebukuro, Tokyo, 1942

  Dec 5   Fourth issue of Value Creation contains a statement of the aims of the Soka Kyoiku Gakkai. more>>

With participants at the 4th Soka Kyoiku Gakkai training course in Shizuoka (3rd row, 3rd from left)

  Dec 7     Japan attacks Pearl Harbor.

  Dec 9   Attends First Youth Division Meeting (33 members).  
      Offers guidance about how to conduct discussion meetings and other activities in a time of war, and expresses his hopes for youth.  
  Dec 20   Writes an article carried in the fifth issue of Value Creation directly criticizing the government's religious policies. more>>