OUTLINE OF OOMOTO 14
14. PEACE MOVEMENT AND SOCIAL WORK
Pacifism of Oomoto, rooted so deep in the doctrine since the inauguration, found its adequate arenas first in the world federation movement. Nao Deguchi offered much assistance to the three Asian conferences held in Hiroshima, November 3-6 1952; Tokyo, November 1 1954; Kyoto, October 18 1957, and the 11th congress of the World Association of World Federation in Tokyo and Kyoto, August 24-30 1963. Since then the members of the ULBA have always participated in the World congress and other meetings. We had so far pushed the drive on a supra-partisan basis from the humanistic standpoint.
The Conference of World Religious leaders was held on August 1-4 1955 at the International Culture Hall in Azabu Tokyo, with the participation of one hundred and ten Japanese representatives and over fifty from sixteen foreign counties. Being the standpoint of religious leaders, discussed eagerly the actual problems the world then faced and passed resolutions and declarations.
After the Tokyo congress local meetings ensued: one at Hiroshima on 5-6, a second at Kameoka on the 7 and a third at Ayabe on the 8th. The Ayabe meeting was held n the Miroku-den sanctuary when Nao Deguchi read her message, “Prayer and Peace” and gave a benediction upon the assembly with two short poems in the form of Tanka:
The heavenly time
For world Religion congress
Seems to have come round
It’s going to be opened
In Peace city Ayabe!
To the heavenly time
To the heavenly edge
Even to the ends of earth
May today’s meeting
Bring forth happy fruits of peace
That will fill the World over!
The World Council of Interfaith Co-operation, which is a liaison organ for all the religions on earth, was created with its headquarters in Tokyo as a result of the convention by accepting the proposal of Oomoto. We cannot forget the fact that since the end of the Oomoto persecution, Oomoto had fostered the idea of opening a World Religious Conference according to our firm belief that all religions come from the same source and to our spirit of universal love and brotherhood.
In compliance with the invitation from the Caodaist Missionary Church at Danang, Vietnam, the President of Oomoto, flew the July 7 1956 to attend the dedication Ceremony of the head temple, a memorial service of its martyrs and the conference of the World Council for Interfaith Co-operation. He paid a visit to the Principal Temple of the Caodiast Holy see at Tay Ninh where 500 participants gave a welcome reception in honor of him. On his way home he visited the Tao Tyuan Headquarters at Hong Kong. Thus his tie of fellowship binding Oomoto and Caodaism was strengthened of the common cause of world salvation.
On May 19 1960, the new Japan-USA security treaty was forced to be ratified in the Japanese Diet a single - handed discussion of the Liberal-Democratic Party. Previous to the ratification there was strong protests against the Treaty by the Japanese people among many walks of life who showed, by lively demonstrations, their will for peace. Having launched a signature-collecting campaign against the Treaty, ULBA received more than hundred thousand signatures in a short time. Those had been forwarded to the two Houses as the petition, but bore no fruit.
With the outbreak of the Korean War in 1950, the question of reorganization the Japanese Army had again come into discussion among war-advocates. This problem was said to be connected with the revision of the Japan Constitution, which has the article of renunciation of war and armament.
Standing on the viewpoint that true world peace will only be realized when total disarmament of all the States is achieved, Oomoto has long been protesting for disarmament, renunciation of war and vivifying the Japanese Constitution.
Contrary to our wishing, the Japanese Government made gestures to revise the Constitution for the worse. Therefore the ULBA preceded the rest of organizations for safeguarding the Constitution and realizing of the total disarmament in the world not with a politician intention but with a religious idea.
Being conscious of great role of religionists in the world at such a critical moment with the menace of nuclear war, 228 representatives of various religious sects in Japan, together with 47 delegates from 17 different countries met in Kyoto from the 25th to 28th of July 1961, to discuss practical measures to achieve the disarmament of the world, through which all the mankind can live in peace and happiness, the common goal of religions. Oomoto and the ULBA had also taken an active part in the Conference, sending young men and a delegation from the headquarters to the preparatory proceedings and the conference itself.
This conference published the Kyoto Declaration, consisting of 17 fundamental principals of the spiritual way for world peace.
Later, according to the Kyoto Declaration, Japan Council of Religion for Peace was established in Tokyo and several local councils were also established. Oomoto and the ULBA in every place took an active part in them. The head Office of the council was located in Tokyo Regional Headquarters of Oomoto.
Just like her grandmother and parents the 3rd spiritual leader cherished and nourished nature and mother earth. She not only practiced farming herself, but also encourages others to have the experience of agriculture and showed her positive intention for land development and food production increase. Thus the Aizen Mizuho Kai, a Bumper Corps Association, started in January 1954, a nationwide movement for securing self-sufficiency in food. It ranks high among private agriculture improvement organizations for the betterment and spread of the agriculture techniques through magazines articles, books, lectures and discussion meetings.
President of the organization, attended on April 6 1955, the Convention of Representatives of Asiatic Nations in New Delhi and made a trip for observing agriculture in India and came home on June 29.
Its was a heart warming activity of the members of the Aizen Women's Association, later the Oomoto women's Association, that they founded an open-air day nursery on cooperation with this of Kameoka city and of war widows around 1948. The next year they built a barrack, and then a new building was erected until it was officially sanctioned as Kameoka Nursery. In 1953 shoju-en, old peoples home in Ayabe obtained authorization. Another nursery was established at the foot of Mt. Fuji by the name of Midorigaoka Nursery in 1964. But our institutions for mentally retarded people in Kameoka are rather more worthy of mention here. Mizunoki-ryo (ryo- stands for a house or dormitory) was established in 1959 and Kashinoki-ryo in 1966.