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Jōsei Toda

Jōsei Toda (February 11, 1900 – April 2, 1958) was a Japanese teacher, peace activist, and second president of Soka Gakkai, an organization that promotes its goals as supporting “peace, culture, and education” (from 1951 to 1958). He has been described as the architect of the Soka Gakkai, the person chiefly responsible for its existence today.

Toda was the student of Tsunesaburō Makiguchi and a mentor of Daisaku Ikeda, respectively the first and third presidents of the Soka Gakkai. He used the term “human revolution” to embrace Makiguchi’s thoughts on the pursuit of education and happiness in life as “inextricably connected in a lifelong journey toward continual self-development.” Toda’s leadership in building the Soka Gakkai is the theme of Ikeda’s 12-volume roman à clef, “The Human Revolution” which has sold millions of copies.

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