I think you are referring to the idea, that if the country is doing well it is due to following the correct Dharma. This was a central tenent of Nichiren's Rissho Ankoku Ron, and of course in their own fashion common one to mainstream Tendai and Shingon of his day. All those esoteric ceremonies were for the peace and prosperity of the country. Nothing odd about that at all.
Today, from a Nichiren pov, Japan's problems are due to hobo maligning the Dharma, the Lotus Sutra, principally via Sokka Gakkai & their neo-buddhist prosperity sect.
Well, Japan wasn't following the correct Dharma in the 70's and 80's. They had a number of catastrophic environmental disasters that resulted in countless people becoming ill, permanently disabled or dead. They also forced the population into working tooth and nail, resulting in increased suicide rates and a completely stressed out working population that needed a nightly fix of booze just to stay afloat. Meanwhile most Buddhist institutions ceased being religious and instead transformed into commercial operations.
Japan had economic prosperity, but it wasn't because anyone was doing rites for the nation's benefit or practicing Dharma. It was due to the powers that be with American backing pushing industry and people into suicidal levels of productivity.
You should watch John Pilger's older "Japan Behind the Mask" (1987):http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iTnDJumzuBE
Can you tell me what were the monk's practices? Did he study the Lotus Sutra, Tendai philosophy? What kind of vows do they take?
so nice to here from you, are you still in India?
As I understand it, Fujii practised the Daimoku. Drumming with recitation, too.
I don't know about his vows though.
I'm in Taiwan now.