JDR Vol.13 No.7 pp. 1323-1332
doi: 10.20965/jdr.2018.p1323


Function of Social Capital Embedded in Religious Communities at Times of Disaster: Cases of Disaster Relief Activity by a Muslim Community and a Soka Gakkai Community in Japan

Nobuyuki Asai

Soka Gakkai International
15-3 Samon-cho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-0017, Japan

Corresponding author

April 18, 2018
September 19, 2018
December 1, 2018
social capital, local faith community, Muslim community, Buddhist community

In studies of disasters, cases of religious communities providing support to victims at times of disaster have been reported. Such support can be understood as a function of social capital within religious communities. This paper considers the case studies of disaster relief activities provided by a Muslim community and a Soka Gakkai Buddhist community in Japan after the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011 and the Kumamoto Earthquake in 2016. It also analyzes how each religious community functioned from the viewpoints of three kinds of social capital: “bonding,” “bridging,” and “linking” and identify challenges faced by religious communities at times of disaster.

Cite this article as:
N. Asai, “Function of Social Capital Embedded in Religious Communities at Times of Disaster: Cases of Disaster Relief Activity by a Muslim Community and a Soka Gakkai Community in Japan,” J. Disaster Res., Vol.13 No.7, pp. 1323-1332, 2018.
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