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A Shinto-derived new religion founded by Fujita Nobuhiko (1889-1977). Fujita was born in Hiroshima as the eldest son of Fujita Shizukana and Fujita Toku; his mother was said to possess paranormal powers. Fujita became a member of Shinrikyō and in due course became head of that group's Hiroshima branch. For a time his influence was considerable and in 1940 the Hiroshima branch was registered as a religious association under the prewar Religious Organizations Law (Shūkyō Dantaihō). In 1946 it seceded from Shinrikyō and registered as a legally independent religious group under the Religious Corporations Ordinance (Shūkyō Hōjinrei), and in 1953 it became a religious legal person under the Religious Corporations Law ( Shūkyō Hōjinhō).
       Fujita died in 1978, and his adopted son Fujita Torao succeeded him as the movement's leader. Its main focus of worship is the deity Tenchi Mioya Amatsu ōkami. The group claims the ability to heal illnesses and prevent misfortunes through the "spiritual learning" (reirigaku) expounded by its founder. Its followers are most numerous in western Japan, but nowadays it demonstrates little organized activity as a religious movement.
       Headquarters: Hiroshima Prefecture
       Nominal membership: approximately 160,000 (M)

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