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Shinri Jikkō no Oshie
A Shintō-derived new religion founded by Honjō Chiyoko (1902-1957). Honjō met Matsushita Matsuzō (1873-1947), a Shinto medium (reinōsha) from Kumamoto, and engaged in religious practice under his guidance. After Matsushita's death, Honjō established the legal foundation Shinri Jikkōkai in 1947, providing it with the guiding mottos "building a new Japan" and "realizing world peace." The movement developed around the basic doctrines and spiritual healing techniques inherited from Matsushita, and expanded its membership primarily in eastern Japan.
       Honjō died in 1957, however, just as the movement was building a new shrine and in the process of organizational expansion, with the result that its growth temporarily stagnated. In 1961, Honjō's younger sister Naono Masako took over as the movement's second leader, and the organization also registered itself under the Religious Corporations Law (Shūkyō Hōjinhō). Honjō Chiyoko has clearly demonstrated a sense of mission to restore Japanese morality following the defeat in World War II, while emphasizing in daily life the practice of "four great virtues" (loyalty, filial piety, respect for the kami, and veneration of the ancestors). These doctrinal items were inherited from Matsushita Matsuzō, and the movement also carries on a secret ritual of faith healing known as otekazu likewise inherited from Matsushita.
       Headquarters: Ishikawa Prefecture
       Nominal membership: approximately 1,500 (S)

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