SUPPLEMENT TO THE STATEMENT
Issued by Rissho Kosei-kai
SECURITY RELATED BILLS
Rissho Kosei-kai is a Buddhist organization founded in Japan in 1938. In order to realize world peace through dialogue and cooperation with people of other religious traditions and across a wide range of social arenas, Rissho Kosei-kai has developed various initiatives and activities. These initiatives and activities are based upon the founding spirit of “liberating people and restructuring the world” and upon the fundamental principle of “One Buddha Vehicle” articulated in the Sutra of the Lotus Flower of the Wonderful Dharma, which is the cornerstone of the Rissho Kosei-kai community.
Security is an issue with which Rissho Kosei-kai has always been keenly concerned. In the past, it has sometimes expressed grave concerns and objected to moves of the Japanese government that would have unleashed the option of military force. Furthermore, by making use of its newspapers and periodicals, and by convening nation-wide study sessions, Rissho Kosei-kai has been justly and fairly involved in the formation of public opinion.
At this moment, the Japanese government is attempting to enact what are called the security related bills. These bills contain provisions that may change security policies maintained by successive administrations. The proposed bills approve exercising the right of collective self-defense, even though governments in the past have avoided doing so.
Rissho Kosei-kai has issued a statement against the legislation titled: In Pursuit of Safeguarding All Lives on Earth—grave concerns about the security related bills, under deliberation in the current session of the Japanese Parliament. Acknowledging the claim that the objective of these security related bills is preserving peace and security for Japan and the global community, the statement calls for preventing the passage of these bills by questioning whether it is acceptable for Japan to adopt the option based on the military force deterrence, while labeling neighboring countries as its enemies.
The statement is scheduled to be placed on Rissho Kosei-kai’s official website and printed in its newspapers and periodicals. In the local context, furthermore, the statement will be delivered to politicians, and to people of faith and members of intellectual communities who are friends with the members of Rissho Kosei-kai Dharma Centers. In so doing, Rissho Kosei-kai intends to enhance the platform of dialogue among like-minded people.
This approach is also one of Rissho Kosei-kai’s practical actions for peace. The members of the organization will continue to press forward on the path to peace.
September 8, 2015
Read APPEAL: In Pursuit of Safeguarding All Lives on Earth - Grave Concerns about the security related bills (.pdf)