The Clean Government Party (New Komeito), Being Heavily Influenced by the Authority, Go Back to the Starting Point, “With the Populace!”In January 27 2021, in an ordinary session of the Japanese Diet, a surprising question was put about a member of the Representatives, Kiyohiko Toyama, who was Executive Acting Secretary-General, belonged to The Clean Government Party, and used to work as a vice-Ministry of Finance. The question was related to an article that even under the circumstances of the Declaration of the State of Emergency, which was the second time to be made, Mr. Toyama had gone to an exclusive club in Ginza in Tokyo with his friend over 11 p.m (the State of emergency requires people living in designated areas such as Tokyo, Kanagawa, and Chiba for refraining them from going outside when they do not have valid reasons, especially after 8 p.m. Eating and drinking in bars are particularly thought to be risky and highly likely to get affected by the Covid 19.) Under the state of Emergency, people living in Japan are called on to refrain from eating and drinking in restaurants or bars over 8 p.m and from going outside without any valid reasons. Without saying, a Diet member, who is an exemplar of the populace, has to follow it. Moreover, the prime minister and Secretary-General of the Liberal Democratic Party, which were the main power of the coalition ruling party, were severely criticized because they had dined in groups one after another, and it was broadcasted that they apologized for the reason. Hearing this, I could not believe my ears, but Executive Acting Secretary-General of the Clean Government Party (Kiyohiko Toyama), who played a role in the coalition ruling party, must have acted as an exemplar of people and had gone to the exclusive bar in Ginza over 11 p.m. Plus, “this exclusive bar” seemed to be closed, probably because it was called on to refrain from opening after 8 p.m. Even so, it was said that Mr. Toyama got into the bar by the back door of the building. If the bar was closed in order to receive benefit with the amount of 60000 yen per day, it might be underground business. When I saw the coverage, I could not believe my eyes. Is it true that a member of the Clean Government Party did such a thing? During the time when everyone refrains from doing so earnestly? Even to “the exclusive bar in Ginza?”
It definitely, definitely, should not be happened!
Due to the outbreak and prolonging expansion of the Covid 19, a number of people fell into dire poverty. Senior people who are willing to start the third stage of lives (after retirement) have to follow the regulation because they are called on to do so by the government. They have to refrain themselves from seeing their families and grandchildren. Some family and some single parent family cannot make their livings because of increasing expenditure, decreasing payment, and even being dismissed. Plus, regarding students in general, originally, during the time, they cultivate their characters and open up possibilities for them in the future. However, Covid 19 gets rid of their opportunities to talk with their friends in person and to study in groups, and they are regulated and have no choice but to connect with people “online.” There are students who lose their part-time jobs, cannot go back to their hometown, and lead lives of facing to their laptop computers or tablets alone. We cannot imagine how much they suffer under the circumstances.
Needless to say, Soka Gakkai members do not have any activities and have no choice but to hold “online discussion meetings,” which are inconvenient. Not only Soka Gakkai members but also all the people, say, the whole world are suffering. However, everyone continues to refrain themselves perseveringly in order not to put more burden on healthcare workers who struggle day in day out and on other people.
It was then that the diet member who belonged to the Clean Government Party behaved in such a disappointing way as if he had not felt how much people were suffering.
While the government called on people to refrain, they themselves have not followed the request they themselves made. This action, which was filled with the sense of superiority, was done by a person who was a diet member who belonged to the Clean Government Party and called himself a disciple of Ikeda sensei.
Moreover, it came to light that the the charge of the hostess bar and so on, 110000 yen in total, was included in the income and expenditure reports on political funds spent by Kiyohiko Toyama in 2019. Mr. Toyama returned the money included inappropriately in the report on the day and withdrew from the post in the Clean Government Party.
However, it is impossible to pretend the whole thing never happened. It is a shocking scandal.
Once, a Soka Gakkai member in Kanagawa said “Every Soka Gakkai district organization works in desperation in order to make a candidate in the six areas of Kanagawa, Kiyohiko Toyama, win the coming House of Representatives election. In discussion meetings, movies for demonstrating the achievement of Kiyohiko Toyama are shown for about 10 minutes, and leaders mentioned “Each person gained the benefit, 100000 yen, (from the government), thanks to the persevering effort of Kiyohiko Toyama, a former Senior Vice Minister of Finance.” The six electoral districts in Kanagawa are significantly important constituency in the nation, and the Clean Government Party lost the election by 3500 votes. The next coming election was the revenge to the election. Earnest Soka Gakkai members have struggled in desperation for winning the election, thinking that the victory of the Clean Government Party contribute to the Soka Gakkai and lead to the victory of Ikeda sensei, with the determination “the holy war (the activities for supporting the Clean Government Party) is our own struggle for human revolution.” The candidate of the significantly important electoral district himself messed up the effort of the Soka Gakkai members and trampled over their feelings. We have no choice but to call what he did betrayal to Ikeda sensei. How much seriously do Mr.Toyama and the Clean Government Party take the disappointment of the Soka Gakkai members who got to know the scandal? In addition, will the Soka Gakkai Headquarters, in other words, each Soka Gakkai district continue to tell members “Making a candidate in the six electoral districts in Kanagawa win an election and making Kiyohiko Toyama win an election are the struggle to respond to Ikeda sensei’s expectation” and stir them to work harder?
Back to when we were student division members, Kiyohiko Toyama was a person who a chapter leader in the student division encouraged to be a candidate of the House of Councilors, being backed up by the student division. We struggled to win the holy war in desperation in expectation that by sending a genuine disciple of Ikedsa sensei to the corrupt diet, furor would be created there. However, we cannot find such a figure. Instead after many years what we can find is a corrupt figure of a diet member who was heavily influenced by the authority.
“People in power will be corrupt. Much more, people in definite power will be.” (A politician in England, John Acton)
Our mentor, Ikeda sensei, declared
“Toda sensei foresaw everything.
(Toda sensei said) “The political realm is full of people who will make plots to make self-benefit. The political realm is controlled by the power, ambition, and political posturing. Those who do not forget the spirit of mine will achieve political innovation and will be fostered into great politicians who will devote to people. However, if they lose their mind and get to seek only for their interests, they will play roles in destroying the movement of propagating the Mythic Law. I suppose those who forget the original principle “For the sake of people” and only seek for their interest insanely, may show up someday. If such persons appear, you should rebuke them thoroughly!”
This was the spirit of our mentors. We must not turn a blind eye to the evil. You should talk much more. If you do not cry out, you will encounter retribution. (Daiksaku Ikeda, the Speech in the General Leaders Studying Meetings, the Seikyo Newspaper, August 25, 2005)
We say it aloud!! Rather, because we have encountered and seen the corruption of the Clean Government Party, we have to say it aloud!! That is the spirit of the three mentors of the Soka Gakkai!! Mr. Toyama, you have betrayed people who are suffering, Soka Gakkai members, and your supporters! Withdraw the position gracefully and start the faith from the scratch!! The Clean Government Party, you have to be awaken from the influence of the authority and return to the original principle, “Talk with people, fight with people, die for and among people!” Then, the Soka Gakkai Headquarters! A reason of the corruption of the Clean Government Party is the corruption of the Soka Gakkai Headquarters!! The Soka Gakkai Headquarters have protected a Soka Gakkai staff member who criticized and slandered Soka Gakkai members, saying “(They are) persons who created “the Dark Ages”” “(You are ) a monomaniac” “Because you are an idiot” “Your brain is abnormal.” We have to change the Soka Gakkai Headquarters!!
We will fight lifelong!！Even if rough waves of reality came in with great force, we will never stop fighting, no matter what will happen!!
My life was bestowed by Ikeda sensei. I will use it for Ikeda sensei and the Soka Gakkai. That is the eternally unchanging pledge we made!!
On February 1 2021, according to a news report, Mr. Toyama stated he would resign from a diet member and would not run for the next election. It is only natural to do so. In the wake of this scandal, not only Mr. Toyama but also the Clean Government Party and the Soka Gakkai Headquarters’ top leaders and their staff members should straighten themselves and should start the faith from the scratch!! They should learn the faith from Soka Gakkai members!!
Then, whatever position or ranks they have, if someone did something wrong, they should speak up against leaders and even the Soka Gakkai Headquarters, saying “It is wrong!!”
That is the struggle for turning back to “leaders for members” “the Soka Gakkai Headquarters for members,” which Ikeda sensei referred to, I am convinced.