Soka Spirit
Temple Issue Timeline: 1999-2000

Jan. Nichijun Fujimoto, general administrator of Nichiren Shoshu, and Shinsho Abe, Nikken’s son and vice chief of the General Affairs Bureau, begin to tour Japan (through March 31) to put pressure on local priests who are not showing good results in terms of membership participation and donations.
Feb. 20 Nichiren Shoshu discloses its plan to collect from its members $50 million per year for the next three years toward 2002.
Apr. 29 Ho’on-ji temple in Chiba secedes from Nichiren Shoshu.
July 7 The “Kawabe Memo” becomes public. It documents Nikken’s past statements that he believes the Dai-Gohonzon is a forgery.
Aug. 20 Zencho-ji temple in Hiroshima secedes from Nichiren Shoshu.
Oct. 21 Nikken establishes a palatial mansion in Shoutou, Shibuya-ward.


Mar. 21 The Tokyo District Court rules in favor of the Soka Gakkai in Seattle Incident.