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Nichirenism (日蓮主義, Nichirenshugi). is a term used to describe the nationalistic interpretation of the teachings of Nichiren.[1] The most known representatives of this form of Nichiren Buddhism are Nissho Inoue and Tanaka Chigaku who construed Nichiren’s teachings according to the notion of Kokutai.[2] Especially Chigaku “made innovative use of print media to disseminate his message”[3] and is therefore attributed to have influenced Nichiren based Japanese new religions in terms of propagation methods.

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  1. ^ Montgomery, Daniel (1991). Fire in the Lotus, The Dynamic Religion of Nichiren, London: Mandala, ISBN 1852740914, page 217-218
  2. ^ Tanaka Chigaku: What is Nippon Kokutai? Introduction to Nipponese National Principles. Shishio Bunka, Tokyo 1935-36
  3. ^ Jacqueline I. Stone, By Imperial Edict and Shogunal Decree: politics and the issue of the ordination platform in modern lay Nichiren Buddhism. In: Steven Heine; Charles S. Prebish (ed.); Buddhism in the Modern World, New York: Oxford University Press, 2003. ISBN 0195146972, page 198