Ryuho Okawa

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Ryuho Okawa
Master Ryuho Okawa, Feb. 15, 2015.jpg
Ryuho Okawa on February 15, 2015
Native name
大川 隆法
Takashi Nakagawa[1]

(1956-07-07) July 7, 1956 (age 63)
Yoshinogawa City, Tokushima Prefecture, Japan
Other namesTakashi Nakagawa (中川隆, Nakagawa Takashi), Takanori Okawa (大川隆法, Okawa Takanori)
Alma materUniversity of Tokyo, City University of New York
Occupationreligious leader, writer, educator, lyricist, music composer
Years activesince 1986
OrganizationHappy Science
TitleFounder and CEO of the Happy Science religious organization and the Happiness Realization Party [2]
Spouse(s)first: Kyoko Okawa (大川きょう子, Okawa Kyoko, née Kimura, 木村) second: Shio Okawa (大川紫央, Okawa Shio, née Kondo, 近藤)
WebsiteRyuho Okawa official website

Ryuho Okawa (大川 隆法, Ōkawa Ryūhō, born on July 7, 1956 in Tokushima Prefecture) is the CEO and founder of the Happy Science religious organization and the Happiness Realization Party in Japan. He is also chairman of two companies affiliated with the organization, Newster Production and ARI Production.[2]

His organization has been widely criticised as a cult.[3][4][5] Adherents of the religion worship Okawa as "El Cantare", the reincarnated consciousness of Buddha.

Life and career[edit]

After graduating from the University of Tokyo, he joined a Tokyo-based trading house. While working at its New York headquarters in 1982-1983, he studied finance at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. In 1986, he resigned his business career and started Happy Science.

Since the founding of Happy Science, Okawa has reportedly published over 2,300 books,[6] most of which are transcripts of his video recorded lectures. There are 12 films based on his teachings:[7] The Laws of the Sun, The Laws of Eternity, The Golden Laws, The Terrifying Revelations of Nostradamus, Hermes - Winds of Love, The Rebirth of Buddha, The Mystical Laws, The Final Judgement, The Laws of the Universe, I'm Fine My Angel, The World We Live In, and Daybreak.[2] The three books The Laws of the Sun, The Golden Laws, and The Laws of Eternity (a.k.a. The Nine Dimensions) contain the core teachings of Happy Science. 

He was married to Kyoko Okawa (大川 きょう子, Ōkawa Kyōko), former leader of the Happiness Realization Party and self-proclaimed "reborn Aphrodite and bodhisattva of wisdom and intellect",[8] but it was reported in February 2011 that they had divorced.[9][10] Happy Science announced that she had been permanently expelled for allegedly causing great personal and administrative damage to the organization, libeling the organization in various newspapers, and besmirching the name of Lord El Cantare.[11]

He is now married to Shio Okawa (大川 紫央 Okawa Shio, née Kondo), who is believed by members of Happy Science to be the incarnation of the goddess Gaia.[12]

Okawa was the target of an assassination attempt by Aum Shinrikyo in January 1995 using VX agent.[13]


  1. ^ Trevor Astley, The Transformation of a Recent Japanese New Religion: Okawa Ryuho and Kofuku no Kagaku; Japanese Journal of Religious Studies 1995 22/3-4; http://nirc.nanzan-u.ac.jp/publications/jjrs/pdf/454.pdf
  2. ^ a b c 大川隆法ご紹介 [Profile of Ryuho Okawa]. Happy Science (in Japanese). Japan: IRH Press.
  3. ^ Musasizi, Simon (21 June 2012). "Clerics call for probe into Happy Science". The Observer. Archived from the original on 22 December 2015.
  4. ^ "Happy Science, a new cult offers celebrity guide to heaven". The Jakarta Post. 22 July 2012. Archived from the original on 25 August 2012.
  5. ^ Donnelly, Beau (2 November 2015). "Blooming 'Happy Science' religion channels Disney, Gandhi, Jesus and Thatcher". The Age. Retrieved 25 November 2017.
  6. ^ "Ryuho Okawa". Happy Science.
  7. ^ Saint-Guily, Sylla (3 October 2012). "Happy Science Is the Laziest Cult Ever". Vice. Retrieved 29 May 2016.
  8. ^ McNeill, David (4 August 2009), "Party offers a third way: happiness", The Japan Times, retrieved 6 August 2009
  9. ^ Shūkan Bunshun 3 February 2011, p. 140–43
  10. ^ Shūkan Shinchō 3 February 2011, pp.136–37
  11. ^ 幸福の科学が大川きょう子氏を永久追放 [Happy Science permanently expels Kyoko Okawa]. The Liberty Web (in Japanese). IRH Press Co., Ltd. February 22, 2011. Retrieved July 2, 2012.
  12. ^ Okawa, Ryuho Okawa & Shio (2014-11-21). In Love with the Sun: Spiritual Messages from Goddess Gaia. IRH Press Company Limited. ISBN 9781941779262.
  13. ^ Danzig, Richard, Marc Sageman, Terrance Leighton, Lloyd Hough, Hidemi Yuki, Rui Kotani and Zachary M. Hosford, "Aum Shinrikyo: Insights Into How Terrorists Develop Biological and Chemical Weapons Archived 2012-03-24 at the Wayback Machine", Center for a New American Security, July 2011.

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