The New Human Revolution is a novelized account of the history and development of the Soka Gakkai Buddhist organization by third Soka Gakkai president Daisaku Ikeda. The names of the characters have been fictionalized and Ikeda appears in the work as Shin’ichi Yamamoto.
Ikeda began writing The New Human Revolution on August 6, 1993, and completed it on August 6, 2018. It was serialized in the Soka Gakkai’s daily newspaper, the Seikyo Shimbun, during this time, with the final installment published on September 8, 2018.
August 6 is the anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima in 1945 and September 8 is the anniversary of the Declaration Calling for the Abolition of Nuclear Weapons by Ikeda’s mentor and predecessor, Josei Toda, in 1957. Ikeda’s choice with regard to these dates reflects the novel’s deep concern with the peace of humanity.
The work comprises 6,469 installments. It follows Ikeda’s 12-volume work The Human Revolution, which is the story of the Soka Gakkai’s postwar development under second president Josei Toda.