Documentary on Controversial Japanese Buddhist Group to Air on PBS Stations
ReligionNewsBlog.com • Sunday April 20, 2003
“Embattled Buddhists: Under the Rising Sun,” a one-hour documentary on
Japanese Buddhist group Soka Gakkai produced by the Los Angeles-based Global Management Group Inc. (GMG), will be broadcast in two parts on Sunday April 20 and 27 on “Asian America” — a nationally syndicated weekly program on PBS in the U.S.A.
The film’s producer, best-selling author Keiko Kimura, president of GMG, comments: “Soka Gakkai is controversial in Japan and I wanted to explore why. The group is rare in pushing for people’s empowerment in what is a very conservative society.”
“Embattled Buddhists” examines the reformist thought of the 13th century Japanese monk Nichiren and how this was inherited by educator Tsunesaburo Makiguchi who founded the Soka Gakkai and died in prison in 1943 for his opposition to the war. This reformist tradition was continued by the subsequent leaders of the Soka Gakkai. The documentary explores the social and political antagonism that continues to confront what is today one of the largest religious and social movements in Japan.
The program originates on “Asian America” broadcast from WNYE-TV, Channel 25, Brooklyn, New York, and will be aired there in two 30-minute parts on Sunday April 20 and April 27 at 7:30 pm. In addition to New York, it is confirmed that the program will be broadcast on WNVC-TV, KOCE-TV, WYBE-TV, and WBCC-TV. These stations broadcast on different channels covering different areas. Exact information regarding broadcast dates and times can be found via http://www.pbs.org/whatson/index.html
Global Management Group Inc. was founded in 1996 and is known for its focus on multicultural issues, bringing Japanese culture to America and introducing documentaries about China for broadcast in Japan.
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