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Deutsches Institut für Japanstudien



Deutsches Institut für Japanstudien
Jochi Kioizaka Bldg. 2F
7-1 Kioicho, Chiyoda-ku
Tokyo 102-0094, Japan
Tel: 03 – 3222 5198, Fax: 03 – 3222 5420


Registration Info

The lecture will be given in English. It will take place on Thursday, November 19th 2009 at 6.30 p.m. at the DIJ.
Admission is free, please register with Ms. Dinkel at the DIJ.

Sōka Gakkai and the Politics of Happiness

November 19, 2009 / 6.30 P.M.

George Ehrhardt, Assistant Professor, Appalachian State University (USA)

Observers have struggled to pin down where Sōka Gakkai supporters stand on the political spectrum because their rhetoric of supporting working-class families isn’t accompanied by efforts to change the economic structure, the way it is for standard left-wing parties. George Ehrhardt argues in his presentation that we can reconcile these observations by understanding where Sōka Gakkai locates the source of human happiness.

This presentation marks the end of a conference entitled “Religious Organizations and the Politics of Happiness” to be held on the same day at the DIJ. We cordially invite you to also participate in that event, starting at 9.30 am. For further information please see our website (


George Ehrhardt is Assistant Professor for Political Science at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC, and member of the research team working on religion and politics in Japan, jointly organized by the DIJ and Chuo University, Tokyo.

Related Research Projects

Religious organizations and the politics of happiness

Happiness in Japan: Continuities and Discontinuities