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カテゴリー1: 8. Schools, Groups, and Personalities
カテゴリー2: Modern Sectarian Groups
Shintō Misogikyō
A Shinto-derived new religion that emerged from Misogikyō and was organized by Sakata Yasuhiro (1962-). In 1974, during the time of Misogikyōs fifth superintendent (kanchō) Sakata Yasuyoshi, the Inoue Shrine in Tokyo (dedicated to Misogikyō founder Inoue Masakane) was destroyed in a fire. Differences arose within the movement regarding the shrine's reconstruction and issues of correct religious practice. The situation could not be resolved, and Yasuyoshi's eldest son Sakata Yasuhiro organized Misogikyō Shinpa as an independent body in 1986, established its headquarters in Tochigi City, and took office as its leader. In the beginning it acted as an umbrella organization encompassing branch organizations that already possessed the status of independent religious legal persons (shūkyō hōjin), but in 1992 it was officially recognized as a "Comprehensive Religious Corporation" (a category of religious corporation that includes multiple independent religious corporations under its aegis) under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Education.
Because the Misoikyō Shinpa is an offshoot of Misogikyō, much of its doctrine and other features are in common with Misōgikyō. It reveres Inoue Masakane as its founder and is linked to the lineage of his disciple Sakata Kaneyasu (1820-90). Yasuhiro, seeking to invigorate the movement's religious spirit, revived the earlier practice of spiritual training meetings called okaijitsu and renseikai. The majority of its followers were previously members of Misogikyō.
Headquarters: Tochigi Prefecture
Nominal membership: approximately 19,000 (M)

— Inoue Nobutaka

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